Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Telehealth Policy Changes: Ad Hoc Solutions to a Pandemic or Sustained Improvement to Access, Cost, and Quality of Care?

By Alicia Duran Published August 29, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred sharp uptake of telehealth services by patients and providers. Prior to the public health emergency, telehealth in the United States worked inefficiently for Medicare beneficiaries; ad hoc changes to telehealth policies during the pandemic improved access, cost, and quality of care for the public and private insurance market. However, the sustainability of the these improvements is at risk as decisions to revert changes to telehealth policy are made.


The Case for an Over-the-Counter Oral Contraceptive

By Alicia Duran Published January 6, 2021

The oral contraceptive pill is safe and effective at preventing pregnancy; however, the prescription requirement makes it difficult for women to access the pill. An over-the-counter oral contraceptive would relieve challenges associated with the prescription requirement and improve family planning for women.


COVID-19 relief policies ignore the most vulnerable; an intersectional approach can help.

By Alicia Duran Published May 15, 2020

Racial and ethnic minorities face multidimensional inequities, which make them more susceptible to the effects of the pandemic. An intersectional approach would prioritize legislation that supports all people instead of privileging the treatment of some inequities while exacerbating others.