COVID-19

What the coronavirus pandemic means for overall health care costs

By | Elizabeth Ridlington
Associate Director & Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Elizabeth Ridlington, Frontier Group Senior Policy Analyst explores some questions about how the coronavirus will affect health care spending overall and by governments, and the health care system itself.

What the coronavirus pandemic means for health insurance

By | Elizabeth Ridlington
Associate Director & Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

The coronavirus pandemic is reminding us, once again, of how expensive the nation’s health care system is. It’s the high cost of health care that makes health insurance so expensive for individual consumers, employers and the nation, and the cost and structure of insurance can have real consequences for health.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

As White House puts responsibility for testing on states, U.S. PIRG calls for online #MoreTestsNow campaign

U.S.PIRG is planning a social media day of action for Tuesday April 28, calling on President Donald Trump and Adm. Brett Giroir, the U.S. testing chief, to take charge of building a comprehensive testing infrastructure across the country. Citizens across the country are being asked to go on Facebook and Twitter to share the reasons why they want additional testing alongside the #MoreTestsNow hashtag.

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our health and finances, U.S. PIRG Education Fund is putting out resources and tip guides to help Americans weather the storm. To help illustrate these issues, each week, we’ll be posting a round-up of short stories from across our network, from staff experiencing various COVID-related issues and their solutions.

Enough noise. Absentee voting is necessary in a COVID-19 general election.

By | Joe Ready
Director, Democracy for the People Campaign

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an emergency for our democracy. If we don’t take decisive action now, we could end up with Wisconsin-like nightmares across the country come November -- with voters forced to make a lose-lose decision between their health and participating in democracy. To avoid that worst-case scenario, our number one priority right now should be expanding access to the most workable solution to this crisis: vote by mail.

Factory farms: A pandemic in the making.

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

The emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic is a symptom of how we raise food animals across the world. 

Cleaning and disinfecting safely during the coronavirus outbreak

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

If you’re like me, you’re spending a lot more time cleaning while sheltering in place. My increased time at home cooking, working, and playing with my children makes a lot of mess! I am also cleaning more as a way to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. I enjoy my cleaning routine; in a day full of zoom calls and wrangling small children, it’s nice to take a break to listen to the radio or music while I wipe down the counters or sweep the floor. 

News Release | COVID-19

STATEMENT: After public outcry, ventilator repair restrictions loosen

U.S. PIRG has been calling on manufacturers of ventilators to release all the service information needed for biomedical technicians to repair that equipment. Increasingly, those companies are posting the requested information online. 

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