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Health & Human Services

Lowering Out-of-Pocket Health Costs Isn't Easy. States Have Tried.

Congress is promising to tackle them this year. Can it succeed where states haven't?

By Mattie Quinn  |  August 5, 2019
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Education

Shamed in the Lunch Line

Cold PB&Js for students who can’t pay? Some states are saying no.

By Mattie Quinn  |  September 1, 2019
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Health & Human Services

Medicaid Work Requirements Struck Down in a 3rd State

The policy failed another court test, this time in New Hampshire. Despite the rulings, other states are moving forward with work requirements.

By Mattie Quinn  |  July 16, 2019
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Health & Human Services

Is Racism a Public Health Crisis?

One county thinks so.

By Mattie Quinn  |  August 1, 2019
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Health & Human Services

California Takes Obamacare to a New Level as the Law's Fate Looms

The state is restoring the individual mandate and making an unprecedented effort to help the middle class afford health insurance.

By Mattie Quinn  |  July 11, 2019
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

The Powerful Potential of Anticipatory Government

New technologies can move the focus from cleaning up problems to preventing them, while putting taxpayer money to more efficient use. But governments lag the private sector in employing these evolving tools.

By William D. Eggers  |  January 10, 2020
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Public Safety & Justice

Proposed Opioid Deal with Purdue Drawing Pushback from States

A proposed deal for Purdue Pharma LP to resolve more than 2,000 lawsuits over its role in the opioid crisis is facing pushback from a vocal group of state attorneys general who say it doesn’t bring in enough cash to satisfy their demands, according to people familiar with the matter.

By Caroline Cournoyer  |  August 30, 2019
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Health & Human Services

Trump Administration Sides With Nurses Who Object to Abortion

This case is the latest signal that the Trump administration is pointedly championing the rights of religious Americans.

By Caroline Cournoyer  |  August 29, 2019
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Health & Human Services

To Win Opioid Lawsuit, Oklahoma Used a Century-Old Property Law. Will Other States Follow?

Oklahoma’s unusual use of an old nuisance law to win it’s landmark suit against Johnson & Johnson on Monday could spur some states to amend their cases against opioid manufacturers and distributors to include the century-old statute.

By Caroline Cournoyer  |  August 29, 2019
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Health & Human Services

To Help Prevent Suicide, Utah Counselors Approach Gun Owners Differently

Utah has one of the highest rates of suicide in the U.S. And from 2006 to 2015, 85% of firearm deaths in the state were suicides.

By Candice Norwood  |  August 28, 2019
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Health & Human Services

Federal Judge Halts Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban

Less than 24 hours before the law was set to take full effect, U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued an order blocking enforcement of the bans on abortions at eight, 14, 18 and 20 weeks, pending further review.

By Candice Norwood  |  August 28, 2019
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