Health & Human Services

America’s Massive Gap Providing Mental Health Services

Counties are pushing Congress to help fix the problem, which is especially bad in rural communities. But whether lawmakers will do so as part of upcoming budget legislation is unclear.

States Struggle to Curb Fake Emotional Support Animals

"This is really being exploited by people who want pets in housing that doesn’t allow pets."

Doctors Prescribe Healthy Meals to Keep Patients Out of the Hospital

Some states will offer medically tailored meals to low-income residents with diabetes and other chronic diseases.

How the Supreme Court Could End Up Blocking a Key Path to Sue States

The court will hear arguments next month in an Indiana case that could decide whether people can take legal action against states and localities if they believe their rights are violated under safety net programs, like Medicaid. Advocates for the elderly, poor and people with disabilities say the stakes are enormous.

US is Becoming a ‘Developing Country’ on Global Rankings that Measure Democracy, Inequality

COMMENTARY | The United States came in 41st worldwide on the UN’s 2022 sustainable development index, down nine spots from last year.

More Than 1 in 3 Government Employees Haven’t Taken a Vacation in Last Year, Survey Says

Public sector employees cite the cost of taking time off as a key reason why they aren’t vacationing.

States Build on Covid Lessons for Monkeypox Tracking

As case levels rise, states are reporting more demographic data.

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.

They Call It ‘Tranq’—and It’s Making Street Drugs Even More Dangerous

Xylazine, an animal tranquilizer, is increasingly being found in drug samples.

Advocates Look for New Ways to Fill City 'Food Deserts'

An estimated 53.6 million people live outside an easy walk or drive to a full-service supermarket.

Biden Signs Semiconductor Bill, Spurring Hopes for New Jobs and Manufacturing Around the US

The $54.2 billion measure drew broad support from local leaders, who believe their regions could benefit. “We need to make these chips here in America," the president said.

A California Man’s ‘Painful and Terrifying’ Road to a Monkeypox Diagnosis

As monkeypox cases rise, some patients are struggling to find the resources and treatment they need to effectively address their condition.

The Debate Over Capping Drug Prices is Headed Towards the States

A deal in Congress could lower drug costs for Medicare patients, but falls short of plans Democrats have backed previously. Meanwhile, some state lawmakers are pushing for broader limits.

The Senate Deal Could Keep Millions from Losing Health Insurance

Pandemic-era programs that helped more people afford coverage are set to lapse. Legislation that leading Democrats are now supporting would extend a key subsidy.

As Prices Rise, the Push to End Diaper Taxes Grows

Thirty-one states charge sales tax on diapers, but a movement to eliminate those taxes is gaining ground because of record-high inflation and booming state budgets.

More States May Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

Studies have found that psychedelics can help improve mental health.

Abortion Providers are Trying to Open New Clinics as Close as Possible to States with Bans

Providers hope the new clinics can help serve the surge of patients now expected to travel for abortions.

USPS: It's Up to Mailers to Comply With State Laws on Abortion Pills

The Postal Service says it will not crack down on the mailings, while the Biden administration promises to use the mail to expand access to the pills.

Why I Am On a Mission to Address My City's Mental Health Crisis

COMMENTARY | The federal government is failing Americans by not offering sufficient mental health resources. As mayor of Reno, Nevada, it's my job to do something. And it's personal.