Strengthening Public Health and Ending the Pandemic

CAP works to strengthen public health systems, respond to COVID-19 in equitable and sustainable ways, and improve health care coverage, access and affordability.

A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic is seen in California. (Getty/Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

What We're Doing

Increasing vaccination rates to end the pandemic

Vaccination is key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and avoiding preventable illness, death, and economic loss. We promote equitable vaccine policy and leveraging governmental and employers’ power to promote vaccination and pandemic recovery.

 

Strengthening public health infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed inequities and existing weaknesses in the United States’ public health infrastructure. We’re focused on improving health equity by investing in public health, addressing social and economic factors that affect health, and preparing for future health threats.

 

Improving access to affordable health coverage

We’re dedicated to bolstering affordable, high-quality health coverage options. By building on the Affordable Care Act, closing the Medicaid coverage gap, and innovating progressive solutions, we envision a world in which everyone can access care.

 

Lowering health care prices and consumer costs

Health care affordability is a top consumer concern, and prices for health care and prescription drugs are inaccessibly high for many. One of our key priorities is improving America’s health by lowering costs to ensure all people can afford to manage their health.

 

By the Numbers

1.9

Life expectancy fell by 1.9 years in the pandemic—8.5 times more than peer countries.

Woolf, “Effect of the covid-19 pandemic in 2020 on life expectancy across populations” (2021).

2x

The U.S. spends 2 times more as peer countries on health, with 8% lower life expectancy.

CAP, “The Declining Health of Americans” (2021).

7,000

Closing the Medicaid coverage gap would save 7,000 lives per year.

CAP, “Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap Would Save 7,000 Lives Each Year” (2021).

2.8x

COVID hospitalized Black and Hispanic people at a rate 2.8 times higher than white people.

CDC, “Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death by Race/Ethnicity” (2021).

Recent Work

Latest

New Hampshire Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (An employee loads up paper towels at Associated Grocers of New England Inc. in Pembroke, New Hampshire, on October 14, 2020.)

New Hampshire Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on New Hampshire communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class New Hampshirites are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Nevada Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (Front-line health care workers wait in their cars to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-up vaccination site in Reno, Nevada, on December 17, 2020.)

Nevada Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Nevada communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Nevadans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Montana Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (The Park County Health Department performs COVID-19 rapid testing in Livingston, Montana, on December 7, 2020.)

Montana Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Montana communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Montanans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Maine Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (A testing technician awaits the next patient at a mobile COVID-19 testing facility at an airport in Portland, Maine, on November 24, 2020.)

Maine Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Maine communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Mainers are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Georgia Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Georgia Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Georgia communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Georgians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

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