How Do The Coronavirus Laws Enacted By Congress to Date Address Access to Care for Medically Underserved Communities and Populations?

In recent days, multiple stories about COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on African Americans have emerged, and from these stories, it is becoming increasingly clear that the nation’s medically underserved communities and populations are at the highest risk for coronavirus and its worst effects. 

Keeping Community Health Centers Strong During the Coronavirus Pandemic is Essential to Public Health

The COVID-19 stimulus legislation includes some financial relief for community health centers, including small business protections in which most health centers with less than 500 workers will be eligible to borrow up to $10 million to cover payroll expenses, rent, and overhead costs. However, our analysis shows 93 health centers which serve 8 million of 29 million health center patients (28%) nationwide are likely ineligible for this benefit.  The analysis can be accessed here.

Table 1. Large Community Health Centers with More than 500 Employees, 2018

Medicaid As A Public Health Responder: Washington State’s 1135 Waiver

By Sara Rosenbaum, Maria Velasquez, Morgan Handley, Rebecca Morris, and Alexander Somodevilla


Legislative Action Aims to Secure A Comprehensive Public Health Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Current as of March 19, 2020. This post is a work in progress and will be updated with new developments.

By Maria Velasquez, Alexander Somodevilla and Morgan Handley