Health & Human Services

America’s Most Reliable Pandemic Data Are Now at Risk

The Biden administration has to make a choice: Should it undo a vital system that Trump’s health department created?

Memphis-Area Residents Without Internet Must Wait Days for Vaccination Appointments, While Others Go to the Front of the Line

The county’s decision to prioritize vaccinations for internet users — and its failure to set aside any appointments for callers — raises issues of equity and access, say experts.

The Simple Reason West Virginia Leads the Nation in Vaccinating Nursing Home Residents

COMMENTARY | Other states were still far behind when West Virginia became the first state to finish round one of the two-dose vaccine series in nursing homes. What did the state do differently?

Jordan’s Story: Isolated, Anxious and Failing Online Classes, an 11-Year-Old Texas Boy Considered Suicide

Months of remote learning were hard on the Frisco ISD student. Like other schoolchildren across the state, he experienced mental health issues, in large part due to social isolation during the pandemic.

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New Tools Help State and Local Governments Battle Ransomware, Other Big Disasters

When governments find themselves being ransomed, their choices are typically to pay, which will undercut their ability to deliver key services to their communities due to budget restrictions, or not pay, resulting in the immediate inability to serve their communities and the loss of key data that will inevitably plague them for years afterwards.

Interest Groups Lobby to Get Ahead in Vaccine Line

The lobbying to be in the "1B category" has been intense in many states. Advocates for older adults, teachers, restaurant workers, agricultural workers and others are pleading their cases.

Random People Are Lining Up to Get Vaccinated in D.C. Grocery Stores

Pharmacies have started quietly offering leftover Covid-19 shots to anyone around. You can guess where this goes.

Proposed Safe-Injection Site in Philadelphia Found Illegal by Federal Appeals Court

The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision that found a plan to open the nation’s first supervised drug injection site violates a federal law passed to shut down crack houses.

Farmers Can be Isolated and Unsure How to Seek Support. One State is Trying to Help.

Farmers in Wisconsin can access a 24-hour hotline, free counseling and, soon, virtual support groups. It's all part of a state-funded wellness program focused on the agricultural community.

States Plan for Large-Scale Coronavirus Vaccinations at Stadiums and Other Sites

As Covid-19 vaccines become available to broader segments of the public, states are establishing facilities where thousands of doses can be administered daily.

An Urban Hospital on the Brink vs. the Officials Sworn to Save It

Officials fear that the facility's closure will limit hospital access for about 60,000 Chicago-area residents. Inner-city hospitals often struggle with lean Medicaid payment rates.

Covid-19 Response Shows How an Informal Rule of Law Plays a Supporting Role in Society

How important are informal rules in keeping us safe? And why do people alter their behavior to follow norms when they don’t expect disobedience to be punished by authorities?

Is Your Covid Vaccine Venue Prepared to Handle Rare, Life-Threatening Reactions?

Of more than 6 million people in the U.S. who have received shots of the two new Covid vaccines, at least 29 have suffered anaphylaxis, a dangerous reaction.

Delaying Second Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Will Make Supplies Last Longer but Comes With Risks

With the vaccine rollout underway, some experts support giving a single dose to as many people as possible. Others want to vaccinate according to the protocol used during clinical trials.

In 2021, States Are Poised to Tighten Abortion Restrictions

The more conservative Supreme Court will likely embolden lawmakers to pass restrictions that could run afoul of Roe v. Wade.

Lawsuit: State Vaccination Program Should Prioritize Seniors

An 87-year-old Idaho man filed the suit, seeking to force the state to alter its Covid-19 vaccination program.

Illinois Is First in the Nation to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors

Undocumented immigrants without health insurance often skip care.

Pandemic Could Hurt Home-Based Care for Kids With 24/7 Needs

“It’s horrifying, it’s inhumane, and it doesn’t make any financial sense.”

Children’s Hospitals Grapple With Wave of Mental Illness

Efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States have led to drastic changes in the way children and teens learn, play and socialize.

Kentucky Lawmakers Who Catch Covid Can Vote From Their Cars

Parking lot participation for those stricken by the virus, or quarantining because of exposure, is just one way that legislatures are adapting to the pandemic era.

Prioritizing Prisoners for Vaccines Stirs Controversy

A fifth of all state and federal inmates have been infected with COVID-19.