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).
Prescription Drug Reform Is a Women’s Economic Security Issue
How To Ease the U.S. Nursing Shortage
4 Reasons the U.S. Economy Needs Comprehensive Child Care
‘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.
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
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
The Equality Act would help to ensure that all Americans, including LGBTQ people, receive full equality under the law.
‘I Can Celebrate and Say I’m Free:’ How Connecticut’s Clean Slate Act Can Give People a Second Chance
A new bill introduced in Connecticut called the Clean Slate Act would make expungement for people automatic after they remain crime-free for a set period of time.
Tax Day 2019: How To Unrig the Tax Code
Growing inequality in the United States—exacerbated under the Trump administration's tax cuts for the wealthy—can be reduced through tax reforms that aim to close the wealth gap.
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.
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.