Health Coverage and Access

Health coverage is key to accessing health care and preventive services. The Center for American Progress has long researched, developed, and advocated for policies that expand health coverage, strengthen access to care, and improve affordability. The following research and analyses illustrate gaps in health coverage and propose ways to improve access to care.

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The Behavioral Health Care Affordability Problem Report
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The Behavioral Health Care Affordability Problem

Policymakers could make behavioral health care, including mental health services, more affordable and accessible by enforcing network adequacy and parity provisions, lowering patient costs, and making networking with insurers more attractive for providers.

Nicole Rapfogel

Strengthening Federal Network Adequacy Requirements for ACA Marketplace Plans Report
A man holds his wife's hand after she returns from the hospital, where doctors performed an emergency cesarean section.

Strengthening Federal Network Adequacy Requirements for ACA Marketplace Plans

In order to improve maternal health care access and outcomes for millions of pregnant and postpartum people in the United States, the federal government must ensure that health insurance plans available through the ACA marketplace offer robust maternity care provider networks.

Carolyn Sabini, Elyssa Spitzer, Osub Ahmed

How State and Local Leaders Can Prepare for Future COVID-19 Surges Article
A man gets a COVID-19 test at a testing hub at Penn Station in New York.

How State and Local Leaders Can Prepare for Future COVID-19 Surges

As COVID-19 wanes and governments relax public health measures, policymakers must closely monitor indicators that reflect prevalence and severity, precautions and protections, and treatment availability to maintain readiness for future surges and resume precautions as needed.

Jill Rosenthal

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