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Chris Kardish

Staff Writer

Chris covers health care for GOVERNING. An Ohio native with an interest in education, he set out for New Orleans with Teach For America after finishing a degree at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He later covered government and politics at the Savannah Morning News and its South Carolina paper. He most recently covered North Carolina’s 2013 legislative session for the Associated Press.

New research shows that having affordable health insurance can improve people's health -- but only if a state’s health-care system actually works.
The region's coastal marshes are disappearing, making it even more vulnerable to storms like Katrina. Municipalities want to make the state’s biggest industry pay for the damage.
But can he survive in an increasingly liberal Seattle?
Can rewarding doctors for taking risks lead to better outcomes and cheaper costs?
As the nation's largest health insurer turns 50 this month, a leading Medicaid expert tells us about the program's biggest challenges and how to overcome them.
Arguing poor birth outcomes matter too much to let people go uninsured, the state is letting them sign up for insurance outside of enrollment periods -- and others could follow.
Indiana is the latest state to find out what happens when districts aren’t required to offer students free transportation to and from school.
States were encouraged to experiment with ways to expand health care, but how lenient will the feds be?
Even states that sued Obama over the EPA's new rules to combat climate change are trying to figure out how to comply with them.
The state may adopt what could be a national model for states to curb the prescription of antipsychotics to children in foster care.