Nearly one out of every ten Americans lacks access to health insurance and one in five Americans is “underinsured,” paying more than 10 percent of their income to cover their health costs. And now, with unemployment rates projected to reach 30 percent in the coming months, people are losing their job-based health coverage in droves – right in the middle of a global pandemic. Lawmakers need to implement solutions so that everyone can get the care they need in this crisis.

They also need to protect the future. Washington policymakers must not repeat the mistakes of earlier recessions, including the Great Recession. We still have not fully recovered from the state budget passed in 2010, which, anticipating the stoppage of federal stimulus funding, eviscerated early learning, public health, higher education, mental health, state parks, and income support for low-income people. 

Research Feed

Where to Turn If COVID Puts You in Financial Straits

Government and non-profit organizations across the state are ready to help in this crisis

Blog Feed

Progressive Tax Reform

April 13, 2020

Even During COVID-19, the Wealthy Under-Contribute

The uber-wealthy cast out crumbs of beneficence when we need bakeries full of bread

A Fair Deal at Work

April 9, 2020

Community Members Are Being Left Behind

Millions of immigrants will have to fend for themselves during the COVID-19 crisis

Higher Education

April 8, 2020

Student Loans in the Era of COVID-19

About 1.2 million people will not benefit from the federal relief