By Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer The health status of Americans is not great—and made worse by the pandemic. An estimated 61 million U.S. adults have a disability, a number that grew by 1.2 million between 2020 and 2021 thanks to COVID-19 (see COVID-19 Likely Resulted in 1.2 Million More Disabled People by the End of 2021, According to New CAP Analysis). Sixty percent live with at least one chronic disease (see Chronic Diseases In America). Forty-two percent are obese (see Adult Obesity Facts). Twenty-one percent have a mental health condition and 5.6% have a serious mental health condition (see Mental Health By The Numbers). Nineteen percent receive social services…
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