October 15, 2018
Voters could approve what would be the nation's first universal at-home care program. But it may face pushback from the incoming governor.
October 10, 2018
It is not as strict as the leaked version but would still drastically limit what benefits they could use without risking green cards or permanent residency status.
October 9, 2018
Jackie Biskupski is the first openly gay elected official in Utah. But her sexual orientation isn't what her critics want to talk about.
October 8, 2018
This country has never had an effective public policy toward mental illness. In Chicago, things seem to be getting even worse.
October 3, 2018
The lounges have often fallen through loopholes in local smoking bans. That's starting to change.
October 1, 2018
Several states will hold the first referendum on Obamacare since Congressional Republicans tried and failed to repeal it.
September 27, 2018
Since the #MeToo movement started, state lawmakers have been taking more action than their federal counterparts to prevent and address workplace sexual harassment.
September 26, 2018
The rule, which is projected to save states $150 million a year, went into effect this summer.
September 19, 2018
Babies die at higher rates in the U.S. than in poorer countries like Cuba and Poland.
September 17, 2018
Three states could restrict or preemptively criminalize abortion at a time when there is uncertainty over the future of Roe v. Wade.
September 12, 2018
The medical community is divided over a November ballot measure that would make Massachusetts only the second state with such staffing requirements.
September 6, 2018
States are starting to integrate mental health into their curriculum -- whether it's English or biology class.
September 4, 2018
The elections come at a crucial time for health care.
August 30, 2018
Already short-staffed and underfunded, these offices have been hit hard by the opioid crisis.
August 29, 2018
Landlords often reject applicants who use public assistance to help pay their rent.
August 21, 2018
Instead, they’re connecting drug abusers to substance treatment and other resources.
August 17, 2018
Health policy experts say that the anticipated proposal could have negative ripple effects across the health-care system.
August 14, 2018
Health policy experts worry that the controversial plans the Trump administration is pushing could undo some of the progress being made with Obamacare premiums.
August 8, 2018
Cities used to stay out of courtroom battles over health. Not anymore. Their new Obamacare lawsuit represents a growing strategy.
August 6, 2018
It has accepted one state's unprecedented proposal to lower the cost of prescriptions but rejected another's.
July 31, 2018
Before it goes on vacation, the U.S. Senate could significantly cut child welfare funding in states with anti-discrimination policies protecting LGBT people who want to adopt or foster.
July 31, 2018
States are making products for women and children -- particularly those in prison or poverty -- more affordable.
July 26, 2018
With the future of Roe v. Wade uncertain, the state is on the verge of repealing its 173-year-old law that criminalizes abortion. Similar efforts are underway in some other states.
July 24, 2018
With rents on the rise, cities are grappling with a growing population of "vehicular homelessness" -- a way of life considered illegal in many places.
July 23, 2018
Many are tapping into tax revenues, making hospitals help, or adding work requirements and premiums to account for their increasing share of the expansion bill. In some, the debate is so heated that it's ended up in court.
July 13, 2018
Instead of making low-income kids travel for meals when school is out, Minneapolis is bringing the food to them.
July 11, 2018
The federal government wants to roll back an Obama-era rule that lets some Medicaid payments go toward unions that represent home health care workers -- one of the fastest-growing and lowest-paid jobs.
July 10, 2018
Ohio Rep. Emilia Sykes gets stopped by security trying to enter her place of work. She wants others to share their stories of prejudice.
July 5, 2018
Work requirements failed their first court test, in Kentucky. The case leaves the legality of other states' policies uncertain, but some of them are moving forward with business as usual anyway.
June 29, 2018
The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy increases the likelihood of extreme restrictions passing legal scrutiny.
June 26, 2018
Supreme Court justices on Tuesday sided with anti-abortion groups in a case over what information crisis pregnancy centers have to give patients.
June 21, 2018
At least she didn't used to. Now, she says, times have changed.
June 18, 2018
The president promised to give states more flexibility on health care. His administration has -- but with some restrictions.
June 12, 2018
A change in federal law lets more than just law enforcement agencies collect unused and unwanted pills.
June 8, 2018
"Your mayor, city council and city manager has just as much of an impact on your health as your doctor," say the authors of a new report.
June 4, 2018
More than a dozen states either have or are still considering the idea of letting people buy Medicaid -- regardless of how much money they make.
May 30, 2018
The issue will likely be moving to the ballot box this November.
May 22, 2018
The federal government's new plan is short on details, but it makes one thing clear: It will ease regulations that burden rural providers -- many of whom are struggling to survive.
May 22, 2018
"I have fantastic male colleagues who stood by me and defended me," says Colorado Rep. Faith Winter.
May 18, 2018
Federal money already can't be spent on abortions. The Trump administration now wants to keep any funds from going to organizations that support the procedure.
May 9, 2018
Several states promised to pass their own mandates. Only one has. What happened?
May 8, 2018
Gender equity advocates are excited about the prospect of a record number of women running for office. But Erin Vilardi, founder of VoteRunLead, says running isn't good enough.
May 7, 2018
In an attempt to lower health-care costs, Massachusetts is seeking to exclude certain drugs from its Medicaid program. It's a bold step, experts say, that will not only invite imitation but also lawsuits.
May 2, 2018
Governments are just starting to confront the issue.
May 1, 2018
Ambulances are expensive. Some cities are beginning to offer other ways to get to the hospital.
April 26, 2018
Dirty needles left behind by drug users have become so prevalent in parks that some public health agencies are leaning on citizens to clean them up.
April 25, 2018
Some health officials say nothing. Members of Congress, meanwhile, are taking matters of money for the drug crisis into their own hands.
April 24, 2018
Rosalynn Bliss says social work keeps her grounded as a politician. That, and meditation.
April 16, 2018
It’s largely up to states to regulate these facilities -- many of which don’t even employ full-time nurses.
April 12, 2018
The new rules are designed to reduce premiums, but health policy experts say they will have little effect.
April 10, 2018
Jackie Lacey says she didn't realize how tough she was until she ran for Los Angeles County District Attorney.
April 9, 2018
With both kinds of traumatic events on the rise, school counselors can't keep up with the demand for mental health services.
April 5, 2018
At a time when the aid-in-dying movement is suffering elsewhere, Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a bill on Thursday giving terminally ill residents the option.
April 3, 2018
With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature on Tuesday, almost half the states now ban government workers' insurance from covering abortion services.
March 30, 2018
Utah and Virginia are both closer than ever to making more low-income people eligible for free or low-cost health care. What made them change their minds?
March 28, 2018
The Trump administration rejected Idaho's attempt to offer health insurance that doesn't follow Obamacare rules. Iowa thinks it has a new strategy that will win federal approval.
March 19, 2018
President Trump will announce new plans for fighting the opioid crisis on Monday. Meanwhile, several states are exploring their own new policy: tax drug companies for the opioids they produce.
March 14, 2018
On average, female doctors made $105,000 less than male doctors last year, and the gender pay gap actually increased.
March 13, 2018
When the governor signs what will be the nation's strictest abortion ban, lawsuits are expected. Some say that was the point.
March 9, 2018
The stats are most troubling in Utah and among boys, whose suicide rate had been on the decline for almost two decades.
March 8, 2018
A health crisis in Alabama led officials to an unconventional solution: Hand out cash to change citizen behavior.
March 5, 2018
Despite early enthusiasm, even the most liberal states are struggling to get enough support to restore the health insurance requirement that Congress repealed in December.
March 1, 2018
On the night of the mass shooting, Kristin Jacobs was in the room as parents received news about missing children. "If you were in that room," she says, "how could you let nothing happen?"
February 28, 2018
The federal government's response to Idaho's unprecedented plan to ignore parts of the federal health law could have ripple effects throughout the country.
February 26, 2018
Clinics and health departments won't get more Title X funding until months after last year's money will have expired, and organizations like Planned Parenthood have new reason to worry they might get less.
February 23, 2018
They are calling on the Trump administration to, among other things, restore subsidy payments and support more state reinsurance programs.
February 21, 2018
That’s what many Iowans, home to the state with the fewest mental health beds, are asking candidates for governor.
February 19, 2018
As the Trump administration lets states experiment with work requirements and other eligibility rules, the costs are adding up. Some policy experts worry they are "shifting spending from health care for needy families to administrative bureaucracy."
February 13, 2018
Susana Mendoza was just 28 years old when she was first elected. Now she oversees how her former colleagues are spending their state's money.
February 9, 2018
After a four-month standoff, and a brief shutdown on Friday, Congress will provide long-term relief to community health centers and programs that help at-risk parents and low-income families.
February 6, 2018
More states may legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. But even where it is allowed, some doctors still refuse to offer it.
February 2, 2018
The failure to pass a long-term federal budget is hurting clinics that largely serve low-income and rural areas. States aren't offering any relief.
January 30, 2018
“I grew up believing that’s what you do, that when a problem arises it’s your civic duty to step in and fashion a solution for your community."
January 25, 2018
The first lawsuit fighting the Trump-approved policy was filed this week. If a court sides with opponents, work requirements could be dead before they even begin.
January 22, 2018
President Trump signed a short-term spending bill on Monday evening that ends the government shutdown and reauthorizes CHIP for six years.
January 16, 2018
Activist Glynda Carr discusses the growing political power of black women.
January 12, 2018
States have requested to enact several other unprecedented policies. Kentucky on Friday reportedly became the first to get its waiver approved.
January 11, 2018
Programs that aid the opioid epidemic, medically underserved areas and at-risk mothers and children also have uncertain futures.
January 8, 2018
The rise of sexually transmitted diseases is challenging public health departments.
January 8, 2018
Supervised injection facilities, which only exist in other countries, encounter roadblocks everywhere they're proposed in the U.S. But as the opioid epidemic rages on, one might open this year.
January 1, 2018
When hackers target hospitals, the consequences can be dire. Yet hospitals have little help preventing or responding to such attacks.
December 25, 2017
Some cities and states have to get creative to market themselves.
December 22, 2017
As rural hospitals struggle to keep their doors open, the high cost of ob-gyn wards makes them one of the first things cut.
December 18, 2017
Although it seemed like it at times, Obamacare wasn't the only health policy up for debate this year.
December 12, 2017
Debbie Walsh says the wave of women elected this year is a sign of bigger things to come.
December 11, 2017
The bill signed by President Trump helps states keep the Children's Health Insurance Program afloat, but it doesn't offer any reassurance that kids won't lose their health care in 2018.
December 4, 2017
Last month's election has re-energized Obamacare advocates. Meanwhile in Maine, the matter is being complicated by Gov. Paul LePage, who has vowed not to implement an expansion until lawmakers show how they'll fund it.
November 21, 2017
"Most local governments are run by white men, so there hasn’t needed to be a conversation about what diversity looks like."
November 17, 2017
Some aren’t just covering yoga and acupuncture but recommending it before prescription drugs.
November 17, 2017
It's been almost two months since Congress let what's historically been a bipartisan program expire.
November 13, 2017
Lawsuits are being filed practically every week. Will governments prevail over the pharmaceutical industry like they did the tobacco industry in the 1990s?
November 7, 2017
The vote signals support for the health-care law at a time when President Trump is taking major steps to reverse it.
November 7, 2017
A year after California voters rejected what would have been a first-of-its-kind state law to regulate drug prices, Ohioans did the same.
November 7, 2017
Marian Orr, the first female mayor of Cheyenne, Wyo., exemplifies the power of social media.
November 3, 2017
Voters could alter the future of Medicaid, drug prices and abortion in their states.
October 27, 2017
The medical field has been reluctant to adopt technology. There are reasons to believe that’s changing.
October 25, 2017
Amid uncertainty over the law's future, premiums will rise an average of 34 percent next year. In a few states, though, they'll actually go down.
October 25, 2017
With future federal funding uncertain, states may freeze enrollment in a program that helps at-risk parents care for their newborns.
October 24, 2017
She helped craft Mike Pence’s conservative approach to expanding Medicaid in Indiana. Now, the CMS administrator is one of President Trump's top contenders to replace Tom Price.
October 18, 2017
If passed, the state would become the 33rd to expand Medicaid and signal support for Obamacare at a time when President Trump is taking major steps to reverse it.
October 17, 2017
In a new podcast interview, the former two-term Washington governor says the lack of women in public office is her "biggest pet peeve."
October 13, 2017
With no end to the epidemic in sight, the feds are helping some states treat more addicts.
October 9, 2017
The state passed the nation's most comprehensive law to make drug prices more transparent. It has also inspired other states to take on the pharmaceutical companies in November.
October 3, 2017
The state has one of the lowest resident-to-physician ratios in the country, which puts it in a uniquely vulnerable position to respond to large-scale emergencies.
October 3, 2017
Kanika Tomalin's roots help her understand economic issues better than your average public official.
October 2, 2017
Jane Swift, former governor of Massachusetts, believes having public-sector experience is the quickest way to get ahead in the private sector -- especially for women.
September 29, 2017
Some states are already preparing to freeze enrollment or cut off children's health insurance as they face the near possibility of running out of money for the program.
September 28, 2017
The once-antiquated practice is making a comeback -- and saving states money. But it's not without hurdles.
September 19, 2017
The first black woman elected to the Kentucky state House in almost 20 years says she gets the label sometimes for simply speaking her mind.
September 15, 2017
Although many governors oppose the latest repeal bill, it has some of what they've asked for.
September 13, 2017
Obamacare's fate remains unknown, but at least one thing is certain: The law has led to a record number of people having health insurance.
September 7, 2017
More flexibility could make it easier to adopt industry-backed reforms. It could also let conservatives enact policies that Obama rejected.
August 31, 2017
Kasich and Hickenlooper released a bipartisan set of recommendations on Thursday, but observers predict their influence will only go so far.
August 29, 2017
A federal memo calls for feminine hygiene products to be free for inmates, energizing a movement that began in state prisons and local jails.
August 24, 2017
New York City prides itself on being the epicenter of progressive politics -- and yet, it has one of the nation's worst gender gaps in city politics.
August 21, 2017
"Training in 'the sticks,' sticks," says one medical professional. But first, rural areas have to get doctors there.
August 16, 2017
Health policy experts say other conservative states often follow Missouri's lead on abortion measures. This year, the state passed several never-before-seen regulations.
August 14, 2017
There are still some major unanswered questions about Trump's declaration.
August 8, 2017
The conflicts playing out in one North Carolina county could be plaguing other places.
August 4, 2017
And what they want states to do while Congress tries.
July 31, 2017
The current drug crisis is different from previous ones. Some say it requires a new mode of thinking.
July 26, 2017
Health policy experts say the move could further destabilize the market.
July 24, 2017
Jennifer Lawless is optimistic about the wave of women thinking about running for office -- but only tepidly.
July 16, 2017
The Trump administration's attempt this weekend to win their support didn't go as planned.
July 11, 2017
Most states can't meet baby boomers' demand for staying out of nursing homes.
July 10, 2017
Even in cities that have tried to address the problem, babies are still dying at high rates for a developed nation.
July 10, 2017
Blair Milo is used to being underestimated because of her age and gender. She doesn't let it stop her from running a city.
July 3, 2017
Baltimore is already rationing its use.
June 26, 2017
There are certainly challenges, says Pennsylvania's physician general, but "eventually people will just judge us based off our qualifications and the work we do."
June 19, 2017
While Congress is gridlocked on health care, the state's GOP governor and Democratic legislature have been busy finding common ground -- til now.
June 19, 2017
As public works director for Phoenix, Ginger Spencer is trying to make her city the most sustainable in the world.
June 12, 2017
Ohio and Missouri now have dozens of counties without an insurer. Other states are trying to prevent a similar situation, but their actions can only go so far.
June 5, 2017
Tobacco and soda companies disproportionately target minority citizens and lawmakers with advertising and lobbying. One city is fed up.
June 1, 2017
Some schools are using telemedicine to provide health care to students in underserved districts. But few think it’s a cure for their ailments.
May 25, 2017
Medicaid, children's health insurance and chronic disease programs would be first to feel the weight of the president's proposals.
May 17, 2017
Every state but one has a tracking system to combat the opioid epidemic. They have long been criticized as difficult to use, but upgrades are on their way.
May 15, 2017
The Obama administration rejected many conservative politicians' attempts to alter the health-care program for the poor. With Trump in the White House, they may finally get their way.
May 15, 2017
Betty Yee has no small task.
May 12, 2017
Most 911 calls don't actually require a trip to the hospital. Instead, telemedicine can do the trick, and Houston's system is catching on among the country's paramedics.
May 8, 2017
Pennsylvania's governor is using that logic to persuade lawmakers to adopt the nation's highest minimum wage. Not everyone is convinced.
May 2, 2017
Evelyn Sanguinetti's career in politics all started with a bad fall.
May 1, 2017
The idea will likely attract more attention if the Trump administration agrees to fund it.
May 1, 2017
Politicians and health-care leaders were asked what they learned while carrying out one of the industry's biggest overhauls.
May 1, 2017
Maternal mortality rates have been increasing throughout the nation. But if Texas was a country, it would have the highest in the developed world.
April 20, 2017
People who have HIV and lack stable housing are less likely to get the care they need. Some places are trying to solve both problems at once.
April 17, 2017
As the city's council president, Michelle Wu has shattered several glass ceilings.
April 14, 2017
President Trump and congressional Republicans want to strip federal funding from clinics that provide abortions. But not every GOP governor will help.
April 14, 2017
Many cities and states have made commitments to support and promote farm-to-table food. But few have fraud protections in place to make sure people are eating truly "local."
April 3, 2017
Since taking office more than a decade ago, Toni Carter has made her mark on Ramsey County.
March 29, 2017
In the days since Republicans killed their health-care plan, support for one of Obamacare's central policies has grown in states where the GOP has stunted it for years.
March 22, 2017
States are increasingly investing in community health workers to improve their residents' health.
March 20, 2017
As the opioid epidemic rages on, public officials are being forced to consider controversial ways to curb it. In Seattle, that means opening the nation's first supervised injection facility.
March 20, 2017
That's the mantra of Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner of Baltimore and our guest for the latest episode of "The 23%: Conversations With Women in Government."
March 17, 2017
The disease was nearly eradicated around 2000 but has been on the rise since 2012. Health officials partially blame the opioid epidemic.
March 9, 2017
From blunt criticism to cautious optimism, not a single governor has given the House bill a full-throated endorsement.
March 6, 2017
Seven health-care policies you could see more of if the Affordable Care Act is replaced.
March 3, 2017
The places that treat the poorest and sickest often fail to meet safety standards. Some say the penalties need to be adjusted.
March 1, 2017
For our first episode, we talked to someone who mixes politics with reality TV. And, no, it isn't Donald Trump. Listen now.
February 21, 2017
People with mental illness are far more likely to commit suicide in the months after a hospital stay.
February 21, 2017
The research is exhaustive and yet simultaneously scarce. In some cases, it's even contradictory.
February 10, 2017
Some policy experts think Minnesota has one, but it could be a tough sell for lawmakers in other states.
February 8, 2017
The states and cities expanding early education have wrestled with the question of what qualifies as "universal."
February 6, 2017
Democratic lawmakers are trying to make sure women have affordable access to birth control and abortion -- regardless of what Congress and the Trump administration does.
January 25, 2017
Particularly in rural areas, governments are increasingly turning to them to ease the shortage of providers, blurring the line between religion and medicine.
January 23, 2017
In planning their finances for the year, governors are counting on health care to remain the same. But if it doesn't, states could suddenly be on the hook for billions of dollars.
January 13, 2017
The Obamacare debate puts them in a tough spot and for many, up against their Republican counterparts in Congress.
January 13, 2017
Governments and nonprofits are increasingly looking to neighborhood barbers and hairdressers to help with problems at home and narrow gaps in education and health care.
January 11, 2017
Pedestrian-friendly cities are healthier cities, which is why many are making it easier for residents to ditch their cars.
January 9, 2017
Libraries are frequently forced to deal with people's health problems. That's why some are adding medical professionals to their staff.
December 20, 2016
Like much of the president's policies, his most recent rule on funding for abortion providers may not matter once Donald Trump takes the White House.
December 15, 2016
The first lady's signature initiative helped more than 500 municipalities address obesity. Now that she's leaving the White House, the future of the program is uncertain.
December 6, 2016
When states tried the all-payer model decades ago, it largely didn't live up to its cost-cutting goals. But Vermont is taking a slightly different approach.
December 1, 2016
The idea that needle exchanges encourage illegal drug use is fading just as rapidly as the programs are expanding.
November 30, 2016
Unlike America, which has one of the highest infant mortality rates of developed countries, Finland has one of the world's lowest.
November 22, 2016
With most newborn screenings still done on paper, there’s a born-again push to improve and speed up the process for detecting health problems.
November 18, 2016
"Most places don’t like to think about teens having sex." But that's not the only reason.
November 15, 2016
Republicans gained power in several states last week, clearing the way for some to more easily restrict abortion and roll back other reforms.
November 9, 2016
Only one state's voters rejected easing access to the drug.
November 9, 2016
Despite Bernie Sanders' campaigning, Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected plans to make their state the first in America to create a universal health-care system.
November 9, 2016
The industry spent millions of dollars to keep voters in California from passing a first-in-nation law that was meant to cut the soaring cost of prescription drugs.
November 9, 2016
Californians were the only to agree to raise the price of tobacco. Will it impact smoking rates?
November 9, 2016
It's a win for the porn industry and the state of California, which stood to lose millions of dollars if the measure passed.
November 8, 2016
The right to die has been slow to gain momentum, especially among voters. In Colorado, they defied the odds.
November 1, 2016
Within states, rural areas often face higher premiums than their urban counterparts. Yet two of the most rural states saw some of the lowest premium increases this year.
October 25, 2016
One of the goals of President Obama's signature health reform is to focus more on population health, but the programs are off to a slow start.
October 12, 2016
As states consider following Tennessee’s footsteps, they’ll be closely watching its experience.
October 11, 2016
Even though the federal government has repeatedly rejected certain health-care requests, many Republican-led states keep asking for them.
September 28, 2016
People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.
September 27, 2016
Community paramedicine, which can drastically reduce unnecessary ER visits, could be the future of emergency care.
September 14, 2016
Extending summer break may be good for the economy, but there are unintended consequences.
September 13, 2016
The rates range from 2.8 percent to 17.1 percent.
September 6, 2016
More than 30 percent of the country, up from 4 percent last year, could have just one carrier to choose from this fall.
August 29, 2016
A Q&A with Umair Shah, director of one of the nation's biggest public health departments.
August 29, 2016
In a small but growing number of states, expectant inmates are getting help dealing with the trauma of giving birth and then having to say goodbye.
August 23, 2016
Officials don't know why the disease is disproportionately impacting gay men in big cities. They're getting the CDC involved to find out.
August 17, 2016
It's the latest government to rewrite the rules for getting out of fiscal distress.
August 16, 2016
More states are rejecting federal funding for evidence-based sex education. That could mean a return of abstinence-only instruction in many schools.
August 15, 2016
Boulder County, Colo., pioneered the movement. What can others learn from their experience?
August 9, 2016
Lawmakers are pouring millions of dollars into making their states a destination for patients around the world. Will their investments pay off?
August 2, 2016
States are increasingly pairing mental health and substance abuse patients with peer specialists -- people who have experienced some of the same problems themselves.
July 29, 2016
After Congress left cities to fend for themselves, four new cases -- possibly the first to be contracted by mosquitoes in the U.S. -- suggest how difficult it is for them to combat the virus on their own.
July 26, 2016
The worrisome state of rural health care has led many to wonder.
July 19, 2016
In an effort to survive, several of the remaining health co-ops are fighting the landmark law. Unlike most legal challenges to it, they may actually have a case.
July 13, 2016
Baltimore is at the forefront of a movement to expand public health's arena to include social ills such as gun violence and drug addiction.
July 12, 2016
Freestanding ERs have been around for years. But only recently have they become profit-focused, deceptive places of care.
July 5, 2016
New studies show that the main weapon against opioid overdoses is showing promise, but states could be doing more to save lives.
June 30, 2016
Most corrections facilities detain mentally ill people instead of providing them with timely care.
June 27, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas on Monday, making it likely that other states will see challenges to their own reproductive laws.
June 23, 2016
In the wake of another mass shooting and amid congressional inaction on gun control, the state has announced plans to open the nation's first public research center dedicated to firearm violence.
June 21, 2016
If California soon becomes the first state to let undocumented immigrants use the health insurance marketplace, will others follow?
June 10, 2016
One state's rejection of Medicaid expansion can hurt health-care systems in another state, according to a new study.
June 7, 2016
Federal law bans states from regulating air ambulance companies, leaving patients with exorbitant out-of-pocket medical bills.
June 3, 2016
From coast to coast, governments are teaming up with nonprofits to fight one of the most common yet most preventable kinds of cancer.
May 26, 2016
Despite many failed attempts, only one city in America taxes sugary drinks. The results of a new study might change that.
May 23, 2016
Alarming infection rates bring more attention to treatment in communities of color.
May 17, 2016
Anti-abortion advocates have allegedly found stealthier ways to shut down clinics.
May 10, 2016
Shrinking competition has many states worried about rising insurance prices. California has the tools to handle it better than most.
May 3, 2016
Less competition typically means higher prices for consumers. But that isn’t necessarily true in the case of health insurance exchanges.
May 2, 2016
A sweeping Medicaid change has the potential for states to address the dangerous shortage of doctors outside urban and suburban areas.
April 26, 2016
With more cases cropping up by the day, local governments have to act quickly -- and without help from the federal government.
April 25, 2016
There's a growing movement to make the drug that can reverse overdoses widely available at pharmacies, police departments and schools.
April 20, 2016
The governor talks about what it's like to juggle chemotherapy with the business of running a state.
April 19, 2016
Assisted living facilities have become more popular in recent years, but abundant closures and lax state regulations have led to more calls for new regulations.
April 12, 2016
The model of care is proven to improve health outcomes and save billions of dollars, but it hasn't been widely embraced. A new initiative could change that.
April 5, 2016
The federal government is changing the way it reimburses states for Native Americans' health care. The implications could be big -- and not just for Native Americans.
April 1, 2016
States and cities want to support women- and minority-owned businesses. But they often don’t know who they’re really paying.
March 31, 2016
The new rules could create an influx of patients with mental health and substance abuse issues in states that are already struggling to meet the current demand.
March 15, 2016
States are spending millions fighting the law that courts uphold almost every time.
March 15, 2016
With federal incentives to go electronic expiring this year, many wonder what can be done to reach physicians who still rely on paper.
March 14, 2016
Puerto Rican immigrants -- many of them sick and in need of care -- are flocking to the states in unprecedented numbers. New York has volunteered to help the island, but it may not be able to.
March 10, 2016
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act is just a Senate vote away from the president's desk.
March 8, 2016
There's a growing movement -- even in some conservative states with strict abortion regulations -- to make birth control more accessible.
March 1, 2016
States are starting to consider the problems with Alzheimer's care more seriously. But they have a long way to go.
February 25, 2016
Like most rural areas, Alaska suffers from high rates of mental illness and a deficiency of mental health providers. The state may have a solution.
February 24, 2016
When people refused -- sometimes violently -- to help health officials contain an outbreak of tuberculosis in rural Alabama, the state resorted to paying people to get tested. Did it work?
February 22, 2016
In their meeting with the president Monday, a bipartisan group of governors sought his help in their fight against prescription drug abuse.
February 16, 2016
The federal government wants to ban smoking in public housing nationwide. It could save millions of dollars, but that doesn't allay some cities' concerns.
February 16, 2016
The explosion of online health-care apps and providers has forced states to face tough questions -- many of which they have yet to find an answer to.
February 12, 2016
Bills to make feminine hygiene products tax-exempt have been introduced in several states this year. So far, the legislation has already failed in one.
February 4, 2016
As fears of the virus rise in America, public health departments are ramping up their efforts to educate the public and eradicate the mosquitoes that spread it.
February 2, 2016
Most schools aren't meeting the CDC's recommendations for teaching students about sex, and the curriculum is far worse in some states.
January 22, 2016
The presidential candidate wants America to create a single-payer health system -- something no U.S. state has done before.
January 19, 2016
They're either debating or have already made big changes to their health-care programs for the poor.
January 14, 2016
Facing one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, Columbus, Ohio, is taking the time to understand its unique causes.
January 11, 2016
Roughly 1 in 20 pregnant women use illicit drugs. States are cracking down on the problem with starkly different approaches.
January 5, 2016
But at least one state is leading the charge to change that.
December 24, 2015
There are a number of reasons emergency rooms get chaotic around the holidays -- some of which may be surprising.
December 15, 2015
States and cities spent this enrollment season finding creative ways to reach the millions who still have no health insurance.
December 7, 2015
Planned Parenthood gets most of the attention in the abortion debate. But independent clinics and their employees actually provide the majority of abortions in America -- and are more at-risk.
December 2, 2015
Reflecting a broader trend of merging health care with other services, a city in California recently opened a clinic next to a firehouse.
December 1, 2015
Most Southern states have refused for years to make more people eligible for government health care. But a few governors may change that.
November 19, 2015
The rate has increased in every state in the last decade, yet few are doing much to prevent it.
November 17, 2015
To address the underlying issues that led to the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., local leaders are expanding the traditional role of public health departments.
November 17, 2015
Critics and supporters predicted that the federal health law would have a huge impact on the time it takes to see a doctor. Turns out they were both wrong.
November 12, 2015
Facing a health-care crisis on top of financial troubles, Puerto Rico is getting help from the mainland. But why would New York come to Puerto Rico's rescue?
November 4, 2015
Mississippi voters, facing two competing (and confusing) ballot questions on school quality, chose to make no changes to the state constitution.
November 3, 2015
Co-ops were created to keep the cost of insurance down on Obamacare marketplaces. Now half of them are going out of business.
October 23, 2015
In a county with more than 50 districts, schools are putting parents in charge of tackling problems that may have otherwise been ignored. It may be a model for other municipalities.
October 20, 2015
As STD rates rise among the elderly, health-care providers and public health departments continue to shy away from discussing their sexual health. Is it time for a sexual revolution?
October 9, 2015
It's the first municipality to center an awareness campaign around intrauterine devices, the most effective form of birth control that few women choose. Will others follow?
October 6, 2015
Since its inception 50 years ago, Medicaid has become one of the nation's biggest government programs. But most states don't treat it as such.
September 28, 2015
After a two-year delay, U.S. hospitals have to start using a new coding system in October -- a move that could hurt rural and smaller hospitals particularly hard.
September 22, 2015
More than 20 percent of people in every state are obese, with the rate exceeding 35 percent in three states.
September 18, 2015
Several places, including the nation's fittest city, want to regulate personal trainers. Is the new push about safety or boosting public revenue?
September 16, 2015
They all have at least one thing in common.