August 31, 2021
Access & Coverage
  • Lawyers for abortion clinics in Texas are asking the Supreme Court to block a controversial abortion law that’s set to go into effect Wednesday. The law bans abortions at six weeks and allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who assists a pregnant person seeking an abortion in violation of the law. If it goes into effect, it will be one of the strictest pieces of abortion legislation in the country. (Articles here, here, here, and here)
  • CDC data indicate that about 1.6 million more Americans had some form of health insurance coverage despite the COVID-19 crisis last year, helped mainly by enrollment growth in government-sponsored health plans. Estimates based on a household survey by the CDC show that a total of 31.6 million, or 9.7 percent of Americans of all ages, were uninsured last year, down from 33.2 million in 2019. Among Americans of all age groups, the number of people with public health plan coverage grew by 2.1 million to 123.5 million in 2020, while those that had private health insurance grew by 1.9 million to 200.6 million. (Article here