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
In states that do not implement the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many adults will fall into a “coverage gap” of earning too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to qualify for Marketplace premium tax credits. Nationwide, 2.2 million poor… Read More »The Coverage Gap: Uninsured Poor Adults in States that Do Not Expand Medicaid
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.
As the U.S. prepares for nationwide distribution of vaccines to combat COVID-19, some are asking whether people who get the first of two doses will return to complete the series in order to be fully immunized. This analysis draws on Medicare Part D prescription drug… Read More »Who Didn’t Get a Second Shingrix Shot? Implications for Multidose COVID-19 Vaccines
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
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.
This brief describes health insurance subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, including premium subsidies that would be provided in the form of tax credits, as well as other subsidies that would lower cost sharing to eligible Americans. It provides details on who is… Read More »Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions About Health Insurance Subsidies
This brief examines the implications of coronavirus-related social distancing practices and the current financial crisis on mental health, including challenges to accessing mental health or substance use services.