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
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).
The U.S. spends 2 times more as peer countries on health, with 8% lower life expectancy.
CAP, “The Declining Health of Americans” (2021).
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).
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).
Guns and Violence Against Women: A Summary of Key Challenges and Solutions
Comment on Georgia Access Model Section 1332 Waiver
Education Policies Need To Address the Unique Needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
Nurse Urges EPA To Clean Up Pollution From Cars
Nurse and scientist Roxana Chicas urges the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to protect public health and the climate by cleaning up pollution from cars.
How the Child Tax Credit Is Already Working To Improve Children’s Lives
Congress must make the temporary expansion of the child tax credit permanent.
A Single Courageous State: Climate, Jobs, and Justice, Episode 4
State Sen. Chloe Maxmin and state Rep. Scott Cuddy discuss Maine's clean energy progress, just transition, lessons learned for federal policymakers, and more.
A Single Courageous State: Climate, Jobs, and Justice, Episode 3
Sean O’Leary of the Ohio River Valley Institute, Nancy Hirsh of the NW Energy Coalition and member of the Centralia Coal Transition Board, and Emmett Pepper of Energy Efficient West Virginia discuss how the retirement of a coal plant successfully led to local economic development and how the Centralia model can apply to other communities.
Congress Must Invest in Maternal Health by Passing the Momnibus
The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 would help address the maternal health crisis in the United States, which disproportionately affects Black and Indigenous people.
A Win for Workers, Climate, and Communities
This video tells the story of Frank, who, after being released from prison, joined the IBEW and built a career as an electrician focusing on electric vehicle chargers.
The ADA at 31: Expanding Disability Rights in the Time of COVID-19
On the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in light of the devastating impacts of the ongoing pandemic, this video emphasizes the need to permanently expand disability rights.
A Single Courageous State: Climate, Jobs, and Justice, Episode 2
State Rep. Kam Buckner (D-IL) discusses his state’s ongoing efforts to enact a 100 percent clean energy standard, reduce transportation pollution, lower utility bills, and meet the environmental justice mandate.
A Single Courageous State: Climate, Jobs, and Justice, Episode 1
Rep. Jamie Long discusses Minnesota’s recent progress on clean vehicles, energy efficiency standards, the Line 3 pipeline, just transition, and environmental justice, as well as what’s next.
All Workers Deserve Access to Paid Family and Medical Leave
A paid family and medical leave program must be national, comprehensive, and inclusive to meet the needs of all workers, their families, and the economy.