Health & Human Services

Farmers Can be Isolated and Unsure How to Seek Support. One State is Trying to Help.

Farmers in Wisconsin can access a 24-hour hotline, free counseling and, soon, virtual support groups. It's all part of a state-funded wellness program focused on the agricultural community.

An Urban Hospital on the Brink vs. the Officials Sworn to Save It

Officials fear that the facility's closure will limit hospital access for about 60,000 Chicago-area residents. Inner-city hospitals often struggle with lean Medicaid payment rates.

In 2021, States Are Poised to Tighten Abortion Restrictions

The more conservative Supreme Court will likely embolden lawmakers to pass restrictions that could run afoul of Roe v. Wade.

Lawsuit: State Vaccination Program Should Prioritize Seniors

An 87-year-old Idaho man filed the suit, seeking to force the state to alter its Covid-19 vaccination program.

With Schools Deemed Low-Risk for Covid, One State Urges a Return to Hybrid Learning

Delaware Gov. John Carney asked schools to resume at least some in-person instruction by Monday, saying that state health data showed that schools have not been significant sources of infection.

The Covid Detection Method That's Been Right Under Our Noses—Literally

Four dogs in Hawaii are training to detect Covid-19 by scent, part of a large international research study to determine whether it's possible—and how it might be used.

Hospitals, ICU Beds Reach Capacity Across U.S. as Pandemic Surges

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Possibility of State Medicaid Cuts Looms in 2021

When states reduce spending on the program it also means they lose federal matching funds. Meanwhile, a new report highlights the long-term importance of the health coverage for kids.

State Medical Board Won't Let Doctor Practice After He Advised Against Masks

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The Worst-Case Scenario Is Happening—Hospitals Are Overwhelmed

A new statistic shows that health-care workers are running out of space to treat Covid-19 patients.

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.

NYC Health Official Tells Older Residents to Stay Home

At-risk residents in New York City, including people over the age of 65, should limit excursions as Covid-19 cases rise, the city's top health official advised this week.

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.

Ohio Bans Dancing at Weddings to Curb Covid-19 Spread

The state is implementing new restrictions on weddings and other events as cases swell and as more coronavirus infections are being linked to social and family gatherings.

North Dakota Will Allow Covid-Positive Hospital Staff to Keep Working

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One Republican Governor Reversed Course on a Mask Mandate. Others Are Still Resisting.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declared an indefinite statewide mask mandate on Sunday as coronavirus cases continue to spike around the country, but other governors—including those in states hit hardest by the virus—haven't budged.

California’s Progressive—and Expensive—Health Care Ambitions Rely on Biden Win

“This election will determine whether California has a willing federal partner who can move us forward in the ways we want to see health care expanded,” one Democratic Assembly member said.

North Carolina's Treasurer Took On the Hospitals. Now He’s Paying Political Price.

State Treasurer Dale Folwell has unsuccessfully sought to lower the payments the state employees' health plan pays hospitals. But critics say he has refused to embrace other measures, such as convincing legislators to expand Medicaid.

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.

Fast Moving Colorado Wildfire Still Raging in State

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