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How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting People’s Mental Health and Substance Use

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, about 4 in 10 adults nationwide have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder – a four-fold increase from pre-pandemic levels. Drawing on the latest national survey data, KFF polling and other research, an updated brief explores… Read More »How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting People’s Mental Health and Substance Use

UPMC launches EMS training program for low-income individuals

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The initiative, called Freedom House 2.0, will provide emergency medical services training to people from economically disadvantaged communities. It aims to address social determinants of health as well as help support those who have experienced job losses amid the pandemic.

Options to Make Medicare More Affordable For Beneficiaries Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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Medicare provides significant health and financial protections to more than 60 million Americans, but there are gaps in coverage and high cost-sharing requirements that can make health care difficult to afford. This report analyzes several policy options that could help make health care more affordable… Read More »Options to Make Medicare More Affordable For Beneficiaries Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Key Facts about the Uninsured Population

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This issue brief describes trends in health coverage prior to the pandemic, examines the characteristics of the uninsured population in 2019, and summarizes the access and financial implications of not having coverage.