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Resources by Topic: Economics and the economy

The Health and Economic Impacts of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Address COVID-19
Provides decision-makers with state-by-state public health and economic data to review when considering modifying interventions designed to protect communities against the spread of COVID-19. Includes an interactive tool to model the impact of policy changes. Evaluates and compares the efficacy of several policy interventions.
Author(s): Raffaele Vardavas, Aaron Strong, Jennifer Bouey, et al.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions
Presents a state-by-state evaluation of current COVID-19 interventions and their effect on the spread of the virus as well as the economy. Compares projections with current data and analyzes the way interventions are affecting the course of the pandemic and the economy.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
Provides access to U.S. Census Bureau data useful in pandemic-related decision-making. Offers state and county impact planning reports that provide sociodemographic data, including data on at-risk populations, poverty, and health insurance coverage. Also provides data on businesses and employment.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Kansas Institute for Policy and Social Research - COVID-19 Research and Resources
Provides links to COVID-19 resources, including research presentations concerning policy responses to and economic impacts of the virus as well as state and county-level statistics on COVID-19 cases, unemployment rates, broadband availability, and more.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research
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COVID-19: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts
Provides an overview of key federal actions and spending allocations in response to the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies challenges related to federal actions including the Payment Protection Program, economic impact payments, and Medicaid's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula. Offers lesson learned from the initial pandemic response and recommends areas for further legislative action.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2021
Map showing levels of economic distress in Appalachian counties based on unemployment rates, income, and poverty levels. Includes interactive map, downloadable map and data files, and data report linked on the right side of the map.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America's Heartland
Examines rural transportation challenges, including decreased state transportation revenues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, higher traffic fatality rates compared to urban settings, poor road and bridge conditions, and more. Comments on the importance of rural transportation for the nation's economy, emphasizing its role in transferring goods and helping rural communities access healthcare, education, job opportunities, and social services.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Transportation Research Nonprofit (TRIP)
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Mental Health in a Pandemic: Q&A with Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt
An interview with Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center co-directors Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses telehealth, economic insecurity, broadband, and mental health under COVID-19 and self-isolation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Republic of Palau - State of the Republic Address
Includes updates on efforts to minimize exposure to COVID-19 on Palau, and to help provide economic assistance to citizens who have experienced a loss of income due to the pandemic and communities that are experiencing financial hardship.
Author(s): Tommy E. Remengesau
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Republic of Palau
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2020 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Report detailing the current state of the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Funds. Discusses Medicare expenditures as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and makes short and long-range sustainability projections based on variable economic, demographic, and healthcare trends. Also explains the actuarial methods used to calculate the estimates. Includes information on Medicare amendments since the 2019 report, including some that impact rural providers and beneficiaries.
Additional links: Tables and figures
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Board of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
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