Strengthening 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

‘A Mistake Shouldn’t Sit on Your Shoulders.’ Video
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‘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.

Jasmine Hardy, David Ballard, Rebecca Vallas

2019 CAP Ideas: Cities of Change With Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Video
 (Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) speaks at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference.)

2019 CAP Ideas: Cities of Change With Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference about cities’ power in implementing progressive change and in setting the example of how governments can serve their people.

CAP Ideas 2019: Combating the Climate Crisis Video
 (Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D), and Tom Steyer spoke with Emily Holden of The Guardian at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference.)

CAP Ideas 2019: Combating the Climate Crisis

Sen. Brian Schatz, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and Tom Steyer sat down at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference to discuss how to combat the climate crisis.

Going Bold to Protect LGBTQ Equality Video
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Going Bold to Protect LGBTQ Equality

The Equality Act would help to ensure that all Americans, including LGBTQ people, receive full equality under the law.

Laura E. Durso, Kurt Mueller, Jasmine Hardy

Introducing Clean Slate Video

Introducing Clean Slate

The Center for American Progress and partners gathered to discuss bipartisan clean slate legislation—policies to automatically clear certain criminal records and give people relief from discrimination.

Aloha Backenstose, Zahra Mion, David Ballard, 1 More Rebecca Vallas

Faith Leaders Rally in Support of the Equality Act Video

Faith Leaders Rally in Support of the Equality Act

Faith leaders across the United States are showing support for the Equality Act, a bill that would grant members of the LGBTQ community consistent protections.

Kurt Mueller, Emily London, Rob Keithan, 1 More Laura E. Durso

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