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COVID-19, State Efforts

State Spotlight August 22, 2020

Published On August 22, 2020

By: Joanna Dornfeld

New resources to help you manage during the COVID crisis.

USofCare Health Care State Legislative Candidate Guides Featured in the Washington Post

Last week, USofCare released state legislative candidate guides that were featured in the Washington Post. We have now added pocket guides that include the most essential information for direct voter contact and candidate forums. All of the candidate education materials can be found on USofCare’s Resources page.

The guides include key health care data and effective health care policy solutions as well as key messages – informed by our current COVID experience – to inform candidates’ priorities and conversations with voters about their health care challenges. Health care remains one of the most important problems facing America. Voters are concerned about access to and the cost for health care and insurance. The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the need for effective solutions that address both the immediate challenges and the long-term gaps in our health care systems to ensure people can access quality health care they can afford. You can find the candidate guides and pocket cards here:

If you would like more information about USofCare’s candidate education materials or would like to request a briefing, contact us at [email protected].

From Development To Market: Understanding Covid-19 Testing And Its Challenges

This week, USofCare’s partners at the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy released a paper outlining the issues that need to be addressed in order to improve America’s COVID-19 testing.

  1. A far more robust federal strategy for coordination of testing protocols and resources, as well as data standards, is needed.
  2. Specific testing strategies will need to be adjusted based on population and location.
  3. Additional efforts are needed at the federal and state levels to ensure consistency in data components and information transfer.
  4. New financing mechanisms for testing should be considered.
  5. Additional resources for research and regulation to ensure that safe and effective tests get to market faster.

You can read the executive summary and full paper here.

Join Our Team! USofCare Career Opportunities

We are seeking talented individuals to join our team to lead our communications and media work and lead our people-centered research and community engagement. Joining our team means opportunities for career growth, mentorship, and collaboration with and learning from renowned leaders in U.S. health care policy. At every level we value and prioritize inclusion and diverse perspectives. Seeking unity over uniformity, we pay attention to the diverse interests, abilities, needs, and backgrounds of every employee and strive to create an environment where everyone is heard and feels that they belong. We are currently recruiting for the following positions. Learn more here.

United States of Care COVID Rapid Response for State Leaders

USofCare’s mission to ensure that every single American has access to quality, affordable health care has never been more important than in the current public health crisis. We have been providing immediate support for state and federal government and public response needs, leveraging our expertise (including our Board and Founder’s Council), capacity, network and resources to support effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams of USofCare’s staff are researching and responding to incoming requests, which can be sent to [email protected].