Health Care

Inside the Mind of an Anti-Vaxxer

The majority of Americans will need to take the coming COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s how to persuade those who won’t want to.

Covid-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals

Hospitals are better prepared. But winter is likely to be brutal.

Covid-19 Cases Dropped by 75% in One State After Local Leaders Were Allowed to Require Masks

A CDC report said the drop followed a spike in cases in Arizona after the state's stay-at-home order expired, underscoring the utility of face coverings in curbing spread of the disease.

Fearing the Future of Roe v. Wade, New Jersey Moves to Protect Abortion Access

Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that lawmakers would introduce a package of legislation to enshrine reproductive health care into state law.

One Tennessee Prosecutor Says He Won’t Enforce Controversial Abortion Law

The Nashville district attorney says he won’t prosecute doctors who fail to inform patients that a medication abortion can be reversed—a claim medical groups say isn’t backed up by science.

Health on Wheels: Tricked-Out RVs Deliver Addiction Treatment to Rural Communities

As in many states, access to addiction treatment remains a challenge in Colorado.

Rural Hospitals Teeter on Financial Cliff as COVID Medicare Loans Come Due

Hospital leaders across the country fear the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service may come calling for repayment any day now.

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.