Health & Human Services

America’s Massive Gap Providing Mental Health Services

Counties are pushing Congress to help fix the problem, which is especially bad in rural communities. But whether lawmakers will do so as part of upcoming budget legislation is unclear.

Maternal Health Risks Increase Where Rent is High

COMMENTARY | New research links high rent relative to income with life-threatening risks to maternal health during labor and delivery.

Schools, Sheriffs, and Syringes: State Plans Vary for Spending $26B in Opioid Settlement Funds

The cash represents an unprecedented opportunity to derail the opioid epidemic, but with countless groups advocating for their share of the pie, the impact could depend heavily on geography and politics.

Thousands of Experts Hired to Aid Public Health Departments Are Losing Their Jobs

As the Covid-19 pandemic raged, an independent nonprofit tied to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hired an army of seasoned professionals to fill the gaps in the country’s public health system. Now, the money has largely run out, and state and local health departments are again without their expertise.

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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.

Fight Over Health Care Minimum Wage Yields a Split Decision in Southern California

Voters in Inglewood were poised to approve a union-backed $25 minimum wage for workers at private hospitals and facilities, while nearby voters rejected it.

The High Toll of Work on Mental Health and Its Hit to Productivity

New survey findings show that more than a third of workers say their jobs are a drag on their mental health, with government employees topping a list of those reporting ill effects.

Stopping the Churn: Why Some States Want to Guarantee Medicaid Coverage From Birth to Age 6

Oregon has become the first state to allow kids to stay in the government health care program from birth to age 6, no matter if their household income changes. California, Washington, and New Mexico are pursuing similar policies.

American Workers Feel Alienated, Helpless and Overwhelmed – Here’s One Way to Alleviate Their Malaise

COMMENTARY | What if the best parts of two competing visions for a solution were brought together?

Kentucky Becomes Second Conservative State to Reject Anti-abortion Amendment This Year

Following this summer’s vote in Kansas, the race could strengthen an argument that abortion restrictions are a losing issue, even in conservative states.

States Struggle to Curb Fake Emotional Support Animals

"This is really being exploited by people who want pets in housing that doesn’t allow pets."

How a Vending Machine Prevents Drug Overdoses

About 600 lives have been saved by a machine in Ohio that stocks overdose treatments and other harm reduction tools, according to a health nonprofit.

Who Sees What You Flush? Wastewater Surveillance for Public Health is on the Rise

COMMENTARY | But a new survey reveals many U.S. adults are still unaware.

Biden Administration Looks for Ways to Provide More Free School Meals

With a pandemic-era program expired and no help from Congress on the horizon, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department is considering options for how it can take action.

Congress is Spending Millions on New Air Monitors. Will it Make a Difference?

The new climate bill could help reveal industrial pollution. But no law requires the government to act.

How States are Stifling Treatment for People Struggling With Opioids

COMMENTARY | Nearly 90% of people with opioid use disorder aren’t getting medical treatment. Nurse practitioners can help provide that care, but are limited from doing so in 24 states.

5 Ways to Improve Jobs for People Incarcerated in US Prisons

COMMENTARY | To understand how best to reform and improve prison jobs and better meet the needs of people in prison, decision-makers can build on the existing evidence and listen to those who are incarcerated.

Low-Income Renters to Receive Hundreds in Extra Aid Each Month

The added federal assistance is the result of changes in how the Department of Housing and Urban Development calculates rental costs. Its new approach factors in data from companies like Zillow.

EPA Calls Out Environmental Racism in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley

In a “remarkable” letter, the EPA accused Louisiana regulators of neglecting Black residents’ concerns about toxic air pollution and urged the state to move kids out of a school where monitors found extreme levels of a cancer-causing chemical.

Different Risks, One Crisis

COMMENTARY | Across the U.S., communities experience climate change in different ways. But the health consequences and destruction from another summer of storms, floods, fires and drought, underscore why it’s time for collective action.

Study: Warming Winters Will Thaw Frozen Manure, Further Polluting US Waters

Nearly half the country’s waters could see an increase in toxic agricultural runoff.