Health Care

Medicaid Enrollment Soared by 25% During the Covid-19 Pandemic

COMMENTARY | But a big decline could happen soon.

Medicaid Program Expands Funding for Seniors and People with Disabilities, but its Future Remains Uncertain

Medicaid's Money Follows the Person has allowed over 90,000 people with disabilities and seniors to move out of nursing homes and back into their communities. But Congress still won’t make the funding permanent.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Joins Key Republicans in Supporting Repealing 'Tampon Tax'

Advocates have previously called for repealing the sales tax on products like tampons, sanitary pads and pantyliners. Menstrual products are already tax-free in 24 states.

House Sends Multibillion-Dollar Climate Bill to Biden for Signature

The bill, already approved by the Senate, brings praise for its climate provisions but disappoints those hoping for state and local tax changes and more spending on housing.

Senate Approves Democrats' Sweeping Climate and Health Bill

The legislation would unlock billions in new grants for states and local governments. But some lament its lack of help on housing and other issues. It will next go to the House.

A Local Government Plans to Pay Off Millions in Residents' Medical Debt

Cook County, Illinois, where Chicago is located, is launching the initiative using American Rescue Plan dollars and hopes to wipe out hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid bills.

New York to Battle Senior Loneliness With Robot Companions

The state’s Office of Aging plans to distribute voice-activated companions to prompt connections and wellness checks.

Even After Lockdowns Eased, Pandemic Depression Persisted Across Social Classes

A new study finds that adults in the U.S. reported the same levels of depression a year into the pandemic as they did at the outset.

Rideshare Riders Could Get Stuck with Medical Bills in a Crash

In some states, Uber and Lyft don’t have to pay if passengers are hurt in a hit-and-run accident.

Health Worker Shortage Forces States to Scramble

The lack of these workers is so dire that at least 20 governors addressed the situation in their state of the state speeches, proposing a range of policy fixes.

As Nurses Quit, States Seek to Train More

A sense of crisis powered efforts to increase nurse training and licensure this year.

Collaboration Provides Effective Approach to State's Human Services

Oklahoma is on the cutting edge of a national trend bringing foundations, nonprofits and the Department of Human Services together to help residents in need.

Cities and States With the Highest STD Rates

Sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. are at an all-time high, and places coast to coast are affected, according to government statistics.

5 Steps to More Equitable Health Care in Communities

Expanding telehealth, partnering with local organizations and building health care teams are among the strategies, according to research.

Libraries Hiring Social Workers as Mental Health Issues and Homelessness Soar

The placement of full-time licensed social workers in public libraries nationwide will become even more pronounced in the next few years, experts say.

State Attorneys General Open Investigation Into TikTok

The bipartisan group of state officials wants to know if the social media platform with more than 1 billion users could be harmful to children and young adults.

The New Restrictions Conservative State Lawmakers are Pushing on Transgender Kids

Proposals in states like Texas and Alabama come as Republicans are trying to fend off challengers and make gains against Democrats in this year’s elections.

Travel Nurses Saw a Pay Increase During the Pandemic. They Could Lose Those Benefits

Travel nurses, who are in high demand and earning as much as twice their pre-pandemic wages, are in an uproar after legislators call for an investigation that could lead to lowering their pay.

Big City Health Departments Warn of Major Epidemiologist Shortage

“There’s been a significant loss of people leaving the workforce,” says the head of a group that represents the agencies.