A tale of two states: Arizona and Florida diverge on how to expand kids’ health insurance

Both Florida and Arizona want to expand eligibility for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, but their approaches to charging low-income families premiums for the coverage showcase the nation’s ideological divide on helping the disadvantaged.

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Today’s finance teams carry a heavy burden, supporting everything from growth strategies to long-term planning – all while continuously delivering monthly and quarterly numbers and keeping cash flowing. But even as demands on finance departments grow, many still spend excessive time using paper, spreadsheets, and e-mails to process vendor invoices, approvals, and payments.

How matchmaking can address two housing needs

As America’s population rapidly ages and housing costs soar, some states are playing matchmaker and matching young people in need of affordable housing with older adults with room to spare.

How hot weather can tamper with your words

As a heat wave continues to impact many parts of the Midwest and Northeast, a new study finds that politicians tend to use shorter words in speeches on hot days.

US laws created during slavery are still on the books. We should acknowledge that, a legal scholar argues

COMMENTARY | Addressing slavery’s legal legacy is not just an issue for historians.

An overlooked tool for chipping away at the opioid crisis

Too few states are assessing residents for substance use disorders, a practice that one expert says could get drug users into treatment earlier.

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Why the fight over abortion pills isn’t over yet

The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge from anti-abortion groups attempting to restrict access to mifepristone, but conservative states are acting on their own to block access to the increasingly popular medicine.

Indiana weighs hospital monopoly as officials elsewhere scrutinize similar deals

Some states are enacting laws that require merged hospitals to agree to conditions imposed by regulators, but the Federal Trade Commission says those agreements increase prices and diminish care.

3 more states could see marijuana legalization on November ballots

In some states, lawmakers don’t want legalization, so advocates turn to ballot measures.

Teens say distracted driving messages need to be catchier, more frequent and blunt

Young adults typically underestimate the risk of distracted driving, making it difficult for public safety officials to craft effective messaging.

White House enlists doctors and hospitals to combat gun violence

Calling gun violence a “public health crisis,” the Biden administration is asking state and local health departments, health systems and hospitals to boost their data collection on emergency room visits for firearm-related injuries.

The 'silver tsunami' is here. Is government ready?

About 10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day. As the nation’s aging population continues to climb, states and the federal government are working to get plans in place to care for older adults.

Utah Gov. Cox to homeless providers: Produce results, or you could lose funding

Policymakers need to focus more on accountability—while also not forgetting compassion, the governor said.

Auditing reimagined: Looking beyond the public dollar

COMMENTARY | Today’s auditors don’t just account for finances, they also account for outcomes. Local government leaders should look to them as key allies.

Could this state's health ‘hub’ model treating opioid addiction go nationwide?

Washington state's model provides a walk-in, “one-stop shop” for substance-use disorder patients. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is now championing it in Congress.

White nationalist, anti-LGBTQ activity on the rise, annual hate report shows

Much of the increase in hate and extremism can be attributed to a 50% surge in white supremacy hate groups in 2023, the highest jump ever recorded by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Greater focus on crime sparks another wave of juvenile justice bills

Nearly every state this legislative session considered changes in juvenile age limits, detention or education programs.

After a 7-year experiment, New Orleans is an all-charter district no more

The closely watched experiment is coming to an end. New Orleans Public Schools will now act both as a charter school authorizer and an old-fashioned school district.

A new tool aims to help communities spend their opioid settlement money wisely

The dashboard helps local governments estimate how much money to expect and, based on that, offers evidence-based recommendations on how best to spend it.

Florida allows doctors to perform C-sections outside of hospitals

The law aims to lower costs and make maternity services more widely available, but doctors and the hospital industry say that performing C-sections in doctor-run clinics will increase the risks for women and babies when complications arise.

City directs a cut of opioid settlement funds to grieving families

This summer, some families in Boston could start receiving payments to cover funeral expenses and legal services.