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If the American Rescue Plan Act’s enhanced premium subsidies expire, 3.1 million people could lose coverage, and those staying enrolled in Marketplace plans would face higher costs.
Research Shows Access to Legal Abortion Improves Women’s LivesThough abortion has been debated in US politics for decades, the evidence is clear: access to legal abortion improves women’s lives. Addressing the Social Determinants of Health May Help Increase COVID-19 Vaccine UptakeSocial determinants of health across all aspects of a person’s life influence health behaviors and can create disparities in vaccination rates. Three Reasons Why Expanding Access to Homeownership Alone Won’t Close the Racial Wealth GapBeyond ensuring that households of color have equal access to homeownership and its benefits, policymakers can consider additional strategies to help people of color build and sustain wealth. Allowing the American Rescue Plan Premium Tax Credits to Expire Would Reverse Recent Progress in Reducing the Rate of Uninsured AmericansIf the American Rescue Plan Act’s enhanced premium subsidies expire, 3.1 million people could lose coverage, and those staying enrolled in Marketplace plans would face higher costs. What Are the Emissions and Climate Implications of Land-Use Regulations?Greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and building sectors have increased as a share of overall climate-related pollution since the 1990s, but policymakers can make it easier and more affordable to cut these emissions through land-use regulations. States’ Lack of Long-Term Flood Planning Could Make Communities Even More Vulnerable to the Effects of Climate ChangeStates can consider four key ways to support effective adaptation and reduce the likelihood of maladaptive practices in their flood planning.