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

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

How Your Tax Dollars Are Subsidizing Drug Companies Video

How Your Tax Dollars Are Subsidizing Drug Companies

Millions of Americans are seeing the cost of their medications go up, but drug companies are getting two bites out of our pocketbook.

Thomas Huelskoetter, Andrew Satter

Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs—Just Ask Carrier Workers Video

Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs—Just Ask Carrier Workers

We went to Indiana to ask a Carrier worker—who has seen his company slash jobs despite receiving a $7 million tax break on top of $57 billion in profits in 2016—whether corporate tax cuts help American workers.

Andrew Satter, Jeremy Slevin

Keeping Our Promise to America’s Vets by Saving Medicaid Video

Keeping Our Promise to America’s Vets by Saving Medicaid

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alexis Scott relies on Medicaid to help her treat injuries she sustained while on duty in Iraq.

Aki Suzuki, Michael Richardson, Rejane Frederick

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