Health Care

Biden’s First Order of Business May Be to Undo Trump’s Policies, but It Won’t Be Easy

President Donald Trump made substantial changes to the nation’s health care system using executive branch authority. But reversing policies that Democrats oppose would take time and personnel resources, competing with other priorities of the new administration.

Illinois Is First in the Nation to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors

Undocumented immigrants without health insurance often skip care.

Pandemic Could Hurt Home-Based Care for Kids With 24/7 Needs

“It’s horrifying, it’s inhumane, and it doesn’t make any financial sense.”

Children’s Hospitals Grapple With Wave of Mental Illness

Efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States have led to drastic changes in the way children and teens learn, play and socialize.

Amid Surge in Cases, States Turn to Field Hospitals

Health care systems in many states are overwhelmed by the number of Covid-19 patients. Some states are building field hospitals or reopening ones built earlier in the pandemic.

No More ICU Beds at the Main Public Hospital in the Nation’s Largest County

Similar scenes — packed wards, overworked medical staffers, harried administrators and grieving families — are playing out in hospitals across the state and the nation.

‘Trigger Laws’ in Some States Would Ban Abortion Immediately If Roe is Overturned

The country already has a patchwork of different restrictions on abortion. How would that change in a post-Roe world?

It’s Time to Scare People About Covid

COMMENTARY | It’s time for some sharp, focused, terrifying realism.

Trump Takes a Final Shot at Obamacare Exchanges

This year, nearly 11.5 million Americans got health coverage via an exchange.

States Are Paying to Hire Nurses for Struggling Hospitals

Missouri is the second state to partner with a Texas-based company to bring in out-of-state nurses to temporarily increase hospital capacity ahead of an expected holiday surge of Covid-19 patients.

As Hospitals Fill With Covid Patients, Medical Reinforcements Are Hard to Find

More than 93,000 COVID patients are hospitalized across the country. But beds and space aren't the main concern for hospital administrators — It's the health care workforce.

One State Urges Weekly Covid Testing for Hospital Workers

The California state health department increased its guidelines for hospitals, saying weekly testing of employees should begin by Dec. 14.

Deepening Statehouse Divisions Foretell Big Policy Fights

Staunchly partisan lawmakers may heed their most ardent constituents.

Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to Cities, Straining Hospitals

Critically ill rural patients are often sent to city hospitals for high-level treatment and, as their numbers grow, some urban hospitals are buckling under the added strain.

Biden Likely to Help States Increase Health Care Access

More support expected for insurance navigators, Medicaid expansion.

Hospitals Can’t Go on Like This

Twenty-two percent of American hospitals don’t have enough workers right now.

What to Know as ACA Heads to Supreme Court—Again

Republican state officials and the Trump administration argue that the justices should overturn the entire law. At issue in the case is Congress’ decision to reduce to zero the penalty for not having health coverage.

Hospital Bills for Uninsured Covid Patients Are Covered, but No One Tells Them

The problem with the Covid-19 uninsured program is that even doctors don’t always know how it works or that the program exists.

One State Will Deploy National Guard to Nursing Homes

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said the National Guard will take over employee health screenings, data entry and other tasks to allow staff members to focus on patient care.

Tough Fire Season Takes Toll on Firefighters’ Mental Health

Wildland firefighters deploy for weeks or months, working nearly nonstop.