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).
Fighting Climate Change, From Capitol Hill to City Hall
How the United States Should Respond if Russia Invades Ukraine
The Fed has a clear mandate to mitigate climate risks
Tell Congress: It’s Past Time to #SaveChildCare
Congress must pass a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package that includes at least $50 billion to save the child care industry for families and providers.
Reproductive Rights at the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court's decisions this term on reproductive health are a reminder of the need for proactive policies that protect reproductive rights.
Environmental Review Is Under Attack: Here Is What’s at Stake
Moms Clean Air Force advocate Eleanor Bell shares how the National Environmental Policy Act, currently under attack by the Trump administration, protects communities like hers.
The Power of Women of Color in the Global Climate Movement
To celebrate Earth Day, this video recognizes the leadership and contributions of young women of color—such as Vanessa Nakate, founder of the Rise Up Movement—in the climate movement.
Community-Based Doulas and Midwives on Addressing the U.S. Maternal Health Crisis
Midwives and doulas discuss their important role in addressing the U.S. maternal health crisis.
‘It Would Bring so Much Relief to so Many People:’ How Washington’s Clean Slate Legislation Could Give People a Second Chance
Carolina earned her second chance; Washington should let her have it.
‘If You Are Telling Someone They Can Come Home One Day, They Deserve a Second Chance.’
With the passage of Michigan’s Clean Slate bill, people like Jarret could finally have a second chance.
‘A Mistake Shouldn’t Sit on Your Shoulders.’
As Pennsylvania’s historic Clean Slate Act takes effect, people like Keith will finally have their minor criminal records cleared so that they can have a second chance.
CAP Ideas 2019: Sen. Jon Tester on the View From Rural America
Sen. Jon Tester speaks at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference about how policymakers should address the concerns of rural Americans.
CAP Ideas 2019: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Protecting Gains in Health Care
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries speaks at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference about the new House’s agenda to lower prescription drug costs and fight against attempts to take away health care coverage.