IMMUNIZATION EFFORTS

Borrowing Proven Policy Strategies to Vaccinate Kids Against COVID-19

With the authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine for children age five and older, most kids in the United States are now eligible to be immunized. Recent experience with other vaccines—measles and chickenpox, for example—shows the country is capable of vaccinating kids widely and equitably, but the challenges that have emerged in the effort to vaccinate adults against COVID-19 also demonstrate that success will take planning and hard work. This issue brief, produced for State Health & Value Strategies with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, highlights strategies and tools that have led to prior successful U.S.

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STATE HEALTH POLICY

Strategies to Increase Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

SHADAC researchers Carrie Au-Yeung and Lynn Blewett, along with Hennepin Healthcare researcher Tyler Winkelman, authored a new Milbank Foundation policy brief that examines the federal and state policies changes put in place to improve access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which time MOUD became especially challenging to access because MOUD patients are typically required to have as many as six in-person clinic visits a week. The authors conclude with federal and state policy recommendations based on their analysis.

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Strategies to Increase Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

SHADAC researchers Carrie Au-Yeung and Lynn Blewett, along with Hennepin Healthcare researcher Tyler Winkelman, authored a new Milbank Foundation policy brief that examines the federal and state policies changes put in place to improve access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which time MOUD became especially challenging to access because MOUD patients are typically required to have as many as six in-person clinic visits a week. The authors conclude with federal and state policy recommendations based on their analysis.

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IMPACTS OF COVID-19

Resource: Analysis from the SHADAC COVID-19 Survey

The SHADAC COVID-19 Survey is a two-part survey initially designed by our researchers* to measure the impacts of the novel coronavirus on a variety of experiences for adults in the United States. The survey was conducted as part of the AmeriSpeak omnibus survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago using a mix of phone and online modes among a nationally representative sample of 1,007 respondents age 18 and older. The first iteration of the survey was fielded in late April 2020, and questions focused on health insurance coverage, access to and cost of care during the pandemic, as...

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NOW AVAILABLE ON STATE HEALTH COMPARE

Special 2020-Only Health Insurance Coverage Measure and 2020 Updates to Several BRFSS Measures

As has been previously noted, estimates for our Health Insurance Coverage Type measure will this year come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), rather than the American Community Survey (ACS), due to a number of impacts on survey data and data collections efforts attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. SHADAC has created a separate Health Insurance Coverage measure for 2020 data only on our State Health Compare site as well as updated 10 other measures with 2020 data.

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Special 2020-Only Health Insurance Coverage Measure and 2020 Updates to Several BRFSS Measures

As has been previously noted, estimates for our Health Insurance Coverage Type measure will this year come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), rather than the American Community Survey (ACS), due to a number of impacts on survey data and data collections efforts attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. SHADAC has created a separate Health Insurance Coverage measure for 2020 data only on our State Health Compare site as well as updated 10 other measures with 2020 data.

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DATA COLLECTION ANALYSIS

Collection and Availability of Data on Race, Ethnicity and Immigrant Groups in Federal Surveys that Measure Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care

​This brief aims to assist state and federal analysts with survey development and/or analysis of existing survey data to generate estimates of health insurance coverage and access to care across racial and ethnic groups and according to nativity and/or immigrant status. The brief presents the collection and classification of survey data for populations defined by race, ethnicity, and nativity/immigrant (REI) status as well as the availability of these data in public use files. We focus in particular on surveys that are conducted by federal agencies and that collect information about health insurance coverage and access to care on an annual or periodic basis for the general population of the United States.

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