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Data: Pew; Map: Will Chase/Axios

Latino children in the U.S. are twice as likely to be uninsured as non-Latino children, according to an analysis by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

Why it matters: More than 1.8 million Latino children in the U.S. have not had health insurance since before the pandemic, putting them at greater risk for COVID-19. The virus has hit Latinos especially hard, resulting in higher infection rates, hospitalizations and unemployment.

  • Over a third of minors who’ve died of coronavirus were Hispanic or Latino, per CDC data.
  • In a study, three out of four children hospitalized last year with severe cases of COVID-19 were Black or Hispanic.

The big picture: Children’s coverage has been getting worse in states like Texas that did not expand Medicaid access to low-income people through the Affordable Care Act. Almost 18% of Latino children in Texas were uninsured in 2019, the highest statewide rate.

  • Overall, Latinos of all ages in the U.S. are about three times as likely to be uninsured as non-Hispanic white Americans.

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The mental health system is buckling under pandemic demand

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There's been a drastic increase in the number of Americans who need mental health care, putting even more stress on a system that was already strained by the significantly lower pre-pandemic demand.

Between the lines: In a competition for scarce resources, the most vulnerable people — particularly those who don't have access to care or can't afford it — are most likely to lose out.

Oct 30, 2021 - Health

America's shadow epidemic

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America’s mental health crisis began long before the coronavirus pandemic did, but a year and a half of loss, stress, isolation and treatment disruption has only increased the number of Americans struggling with their mental health.

Why it matters: As demand rises well beyond pre-pandemic levels, the system is facing burned-out providers and staffing shortages, and even more people who need care aren’t getting it.

John Frank, author of Denver
Oct 28, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado's COVID-19 case rate increase is worst in the nation

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Colorado has the lowest number of hospital beds available right now compared with any other point in the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials said Wednesday.

Yes, but: It's still unclear what Gov. Jared Polis' administration will do to address the worsening situation.