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August 27, 2020

Americans of Color: More COVID-19 Infections, Hospitalizations, Deaths

Across the U.S., as the COVID-19 pandemic increases the health concerns and economic struggles of many American families, new studies continue to magnify the fact that certain Americans are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic’s devastation. Americans of color—Black, American Indian, Alaska Native Americans, and Latinx—are facing more COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths than White Americans.

August 25, 2020

Survey Highlights Persistent Vulnerability in Insurance Coverage Among Americans

Last week, the Commonwealth Fund released the results of its Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2020, and highlighted the “persistent vulnerability” in health insurance coverage, foreshadowing an even bigger crisis in coverage: as U.S. job losses resulting from the pandemic continue to increase, many more Americans also will lose their employer-based health insurance.

June 29, 2020

U.S. House Passes Measure to Stabilize ACA Marketplace

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to bolster critical portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The measure’s momentum comes on the heels of recent action by the Trump Administration aimed at dismantling the ACA.

March 10, 2020

Federal Health Information Technology Rules Issued; AHA Expresses Privacy Concerns

This week, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two final rules regulating health information technology. The rules enable patients to download their electronic health records (EHRs) onto their smartphones using third-party apps, raising concerns about the privacy of that data, and require hospitals send electronic notifications to health care facilities or community providers when a patient is admitted, discharged, or transferred.

March 03, 2020

Voters Continue to Focus on Health Care Access, Cost

A recent poll by the Commonwealth Fund and NBC News finds that health care continues to be a top issue for Americans heading into the 2020 election. According to new survey results, three in ten likely voters are very or moderately worried about being able to afford their health insurance and out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs during the next year, and nearly 80 percent believe that reducing health care costs should be a high priority for the next President.

March 02, 2020

Supreme Court to Review ACA Challenge During Fall Term

In an unusual move, today the Supreme Court stated that it will hear the case attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during its next term, which starts during October, one month before voters who are increasingly concerned about health care will cast their ballots in the 2020 Presidential election.

February 24, 2020

More Americans Turning to Crowdfunding to Pay Medical Bills

New survey results from NORC, a non-partisan research institute at the University of Chicago, highlights the increasing hardship of high medical bills on Americans and their families, and explore the use of social media and online crowdfunding sites as a viable means for help paying medical bills.