COVID-19’s effects have underscored the ways our nation’s history of racism, bias, and discrimination are embedded in our health, social, and economic systems. But recent, substantial federal aid and an improving revenue outlook in many states are offering states a historic chance: they can make policy choices that repeat and exacerbate these inequities, which also will slow the economy’s recovery, or they can set another course — toward antiracist, equitable, and inclusive policies that build an economic recovery that extends to all people. This article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides three principles to guide the recovery work.
Report September 16, 2021
A new report from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families shows that a state’s decision on whether to expand Medicaid has a profound impact on women of childbearing age (18-44). In 2019, across all racial and ethnic groups, women in non-expansion states were more likely to be uninsured than women in states that had expanded Medicaid. Research shows that expanding Medicaid health coverage helps to lower maternal mortality rates and increases access and use of health care among women of childbearing age. Closing the coverage gap is a critical first step to combatting the maternal health crisis in our country and addressing persistent racial and ethnic health inequities.
Article September 16, 2021
The State and Local Fiscal Recover Fund (SLFRF) is providing counties with $65.1 billion in funding to cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue, and mitigate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource highlights examples of SLFRF spending strategies from counties across the country.
Report September 9, 2021
How we talk about child health and obesity matters. Growing evidence shows that where we live and what we earn shapes the options available to us in terms of food and activity.