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Bram Sable-Smith

Bram Sable-Smith is a reporter with Side Effects Public Media and lead reporter on the KBIA Health & Wealth Desk.

Ohio voted on abortion. Next year, 11 more states might, too.

The push for sending the contentious issue to voters comes on the heels of last year’s string of ballot measure wins for abortion rights in six states.


Medical exiles: Families flee states amid crackdown on transgender care

As more states restrict gender-affirming care for transgender people, some are relocating to more welcoming destinations, where they don't have to worry about being locked out of medical care.


Faxes and snail mail: Will pandemic-era flaws unleash improved health technology?

States are considering updating legacy IT infrastructure not only for unemployment insurance but also for Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


Political gridlock blocks Missouri database for fighting drug abuse

Missouri is the only state without a prescription drug monitoring program, a statewide database tracking narcotics prescriptions that doctors and pharmacists can check to catch signs of drug abuse.