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The Health Policy team advances health coverage, health care access and affordability, public health and equity, social determinants of health, and quality and efficiency in health care payment and delivery.

A health care professional measures a worker's blood pressure, 2005. (Getty/Smith Collection/Gado/Centers for Disease Control/CDC Connects)

What We're Doing

Expanding affordable health coverage

We are dedicated to bolstering affordable, high-quality health coverage options. By building on the Affordable Care Act, closing the Medicaid coverage gap, and developing progressive solutions for a world in which everyone can access care.

Advancing public health and equity

We are working to advance health in all communities and reduce health inequities that foster disparate outcomes. This includes addressing the significant vulnerabilities in our public health system to ensure that it is more resilient and ready to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and future health threats.

Lowering health costs for consumers

We are finding ways to reduce costs while improving health care quality and addressing the social and economic factors that influence health. Via delivery system and payment reform, the government has ample opportunities to bolster efficiency and quality in health care.

The Health Policy team advances health coverage, health care access and affordability, public health and equity, social determinants of health, and quality and efficiency in health care payment and delivery.

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How the Next Administration Can Lower Drug Prices Report
A man looks over his drug receipts in Boston, January 2019. (Getty/David L. Ryan)

How the Next Administration Can Lower Drug Prices

The next president will have several tools at his disposal to reduce the prices of drugs without having to wait for congressional action.

Maura Calsyn, Thomas Waldrop

A Comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine Plan Report
Healthcare workers talk to a patient in the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, July 2, 2020. - Despite its renowned medical center with the largest agglomeration of hospitals and research laboratories in the world, Houston is on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus exploding in Texas. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE
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A Comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

A successful COVID-19 vaccination program requires an unprecedented government effort, with tens of thousands of lives, millions of livelihoods, and a normal way of life at stake.

Topher Spiro, Zeke Emanuel

Kicking Folks Out While They’re Down Report
A newly erected fence blocks the front of a vacant home that Moms 4 Housing activists occupied during a monthslong protest that ended in a court-ordered eviction, in Oakland, California on January 28, 2020. (Getty/Philip Pacheco)

Kicking Folks Out While They’re Down

The early lifting of pandemic restrictions strains emergency housing and homelessness efforts and will exacerbate evictions, foreclosures, and the decades-old housing and homelessness crises.

Rejane Frederick, Jaboa Lake

The COVID-19 Response in Indian Country Report

The COVID-19 Response in Indian Country

The disproportionate devastation COVID-19 is having in Native American communities lays bare the U.S. government’s systemic failure to meet its trust and treaty obligations.

Sahir Doshi, Allison Jordan, Kate Kelly, 1 More Danyelle Solomon

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