CAP works to strengthen public health systems, respond to COVID-19 in equitable and sustainable ways, and improve health care coverage, access and affordability.
What We're Working On
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).
13 Years Later: The Affordable Care Act’s Enduring Legacy
Advancing Access to Contraception Through Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers and State Plan Amendments
The Biden administration must take a tougher stance on soot pollution
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A Collaborative Agenda for the Disability and Reproductive Justice Communities in 2023
The Center for American Progress recently hosted a roundtable of more than 20 advocates from the reproductive and disability rights and justice communities—and has compiled the top five policy priorities important to focus on this year.
How the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity Can Respond to the Health Threats of the Climate Crisis
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Climate Change and Health Equity must elevate the health and environmental justice implications of the climate crisis and provide the connective tissue needed to harness resources, leverage authorities, and coordinate federal expertise.
4 Things to Know About the FDA’s Move to Expand Access to Abortion Pills
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new guidance on medication abortion has the potential to increase access to care, though challenges remain.
Advancing Contraception Access in States Through One-Year Dispensing and Extended Supply Policies
This is the first installment in the Center for American Progress’ series highlighting best practices to improve and expand contraceptive access at the state level.
Fact Sheet: Common Challenges to Implementing One-Year Supply Policies and Recommended Solutions
This fact sheet accompanies the Center for American Progress’ report on best practices to expand and improve contraceptive access at the state level, covering common implementation challenges and offering recommendations for one-year contraceptive dispensing policies.
Revolutionizing the Workplace: Why Long COVID and the Increase of Disabled Workers Require a New Approach
Using new data from the U.S. Census Bureau to examine the impacts of long COVID on the labor market, this report recommends that employers, unions, and policymakers create better workplaces for disabled workers and all workers.
The Biden Administration’s First 2 Years: Stories of Americans Who Benefit From a Government Invested in Their Future
This collection features stories from Americans across the country whose lives and communities have benefited from the legislative and executive actions passed under the Biden administration.
Disparities in Housing, Health Care, Child Care, and Economic Security Affect Babies for Life
Social determinants of health, such as access to secure housing, family employment and economic stability, education, and child care, must be the focus of federal policies to support infant and toddler health.
Congress Should Guarantee Medicaid Continuous Coverage for Pregnant Women and Children
Congress has a narrow window to help preserve insurance coverage and improve both postpartum care and children’s health outcomes when the public health emergency ends.
Health Insurance Costs Are Squeezing Workers and Employers
As premiums rise faster than wages, workers face greater cost sharing, leaving some underinsured.
Film Screening: ‘InHospitable’
This documentary film sheds light on the impacts of hospital consolidation and the conduct of non-profit hospitals.
What Will Happen if Congress Fails To Further Fund COVID-19 Vaccines, Tests, and Treatments?
The lack of funding for COVID-19 response has left the country unprepared for a possible surge of the coronavirus this winter and beyond.