Health Care

Kids Are Missing Critical Windows for Lead Testing Due to Pandemic

Testing fell far short of recommendations in many parts of the country even before the pandemic.

Lawmakers Consider Staffing Mandates to Reduce Stress and Burnout for Nurses

More than two-thirds of state lawmakers in New York have signed onto a bill that would require nurse-to-patient ratios, which supporters say would reduce burnout and improve medical outcomes for patients.

It Could Be Hard to Get Compensated for Injuries Related to the Coronavirus Vaccine

With drugmakers shielded from most liability in court and injury claims routed to a rarely-used federal compensation program, experts are raising concerns about whether there will be sufficient relief available for vaccine-related injuries.

Virus Imperils Health Care Safety Net

One in 10 community health center branches have closed.

California Rx: State May Dive Into Generic Drug Market

California could become the first state to develop its own line of generic drugs under a bill approved Monday by the legislature. The measure heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom for consideration.

Transgender Teenagers File Lawsuit Over Arizona’s Ban on Surgeries

Arizona is one of ten states that bans transgender-specific health coverage for people on Medicaid.

Nurses and Doctors Sick With COVID Feel Pressured to Get Back to Work

Hospital employees say they must choose between their paychecks and their health or that of their families. Returning to work with symptoms also risks infection among the patients they are meant to heal.

His Wife's Nursing Home Facility Went on Lockdown. So He Got a Job There.

A Michigan man got a part-time job at his wife's nursing home after the facility stopped allowing visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. The state is one of 20 where long-term care facilities remain on total lockdown.

I’m a Nurse in New York. Teachers Should Do Their Jobs, Just Like I Did.

COMMENTARY | Schools are essential to the functioning of our society, and that makes teachers essential workers.

Artificial Intelligence, Health Disparities, and Covid-19

How racially biased is AI medicine? Experts are asking if biased algorithms worsen Covid-19’s toll on Black Americans.

Patients Fled Primary Care During COVID-19

Primary care doctors are pressed to their financial limits.

Missourians to Vote on Medicaid Expansion as Crisis Leaves Millions Without Insurance

As a result of the unemployment crisis, millions of people lost access to their private health insurance plans at a time when they might need it most.

Over Five Million Have Lost Employer-Based Health Insurance, Study Finds

The losses have come as the coronavirus outbreak has caused widespread layoffs and furloughs. Nearly half of those who lost their insurance are concentrated in five states.

Supreme Court Says Employers Can Deny Birth Control Coverage Due to Religious or Moral Objections

In a 7-2 decision, the court said the Affordable Care Act grants the federal government power to "identify and create exemptions from its own guidelines."

Workers Filed More Than 4,100 Complaints About Protective Gear. Some Still Died.

Since March, thousands of COVID-related complaints regarding health care facilities have poured into the nation’s network of federal and state OSHA offices.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive Abortion Law

It was the first major abortion case heard by Supreme Court since the addition of two new conservative justices.

California Lawmakers Block Health Care Cuts

To address the estimated $54 billion deficit in the 2020-21 state budget, the deal relies partly on drawing down state cash reserves and rainy day funds.

Amid Deadly Virus, Advocates Push for Nursing Home Alternatives

Nursing home deaths have critics saying it’s time to rethink the institutional model for elder care. Is that possible?

Medicaid Rolls Surge, Adding to Budget Woes

The pandemic could drive up Medicaid enrollment by 16%.

Covid-19 Can Last for Several Months

The disease’s “long-haulers” have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms—and disbelief from doctors and friends.