Emergency CHIP Funds for States Are Nearly Halfway Gone

States may not be able to count on reallocated money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for much longer.

New Maternal Mortality Strategy Relies on 'Medical Homes'

A North Carolina initiative that identifies low-income women whose pregnancies present a high risk to either the baby or mother could be the key to combatting the high maternal mortality rate in the U.S.

As Kratom Use Surges, Some States Enact Bans

With growing concerns about the dangers of prescription painkillers, an estimated 3 million to 5 million people are using kratom and reporting positive results, but there are worries that the unregulated plant product could be abused for its mild euphoric qualities.

How Do You Tell Tens of Thousands of Parents Their Children May Lose Health Coverage?

With reserve funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program running out, officials in states like Virginia find themselves in a completely unprecedented position.

Colorado Is the 1st State to Warn Residents of CHIP’s Uncertain Future

The state only has enough money to keep the program operational until Jan. 31.

Why It’s Hard to Control Drug Prices at the Ballot Box

Voters in California and Ohio have rejected measures meant to limit state spending on prescription drugs. But advocates say they plan to keep trying.

CMS Has Given States More Than $600 Million to Keep CHIP Running

As many has 14 states and territories have needed emergency funding from the federal government. That number is bound to grow if Congressional delays continue.

America’s Opioid Epidemic Has a $504 Billion Price Tag

In a new report, The White House Council of Economic Advisers is the first to take the economic cost of lives lost into account.

For Some Local Officials Fighting Opioid Crisis, Feds Are All Talk And Offer Very Little Money

“Declaring a health emergency without offering any additional resources is akin to saying ‘I want to get a job’ but I don’t send in a resume and I don’t go for interviews.”

Marketing ‘Obamacare’ With Less Help From the Feds

With tough rhetoric, a shortened open enrollment period, and fewer federal funds, the federal government is making it harder to get the word out on “Obamacare” sign-ups.

How to Win the War Against Veteran Homelessness

“We want to send a strong message to our veteran community that there are people in the community who care deeply about their welfare and who will be available to help when they need it,” according to the mayor of Nashua, New Hampshire.

A Victory Lap for Obamacare at the Ballot Box

With Medicaid expansion in Maine and Democratic wins in Virginia, voters affirm a bigger role for government in health care.

60% of Maine Voted for Medicaid Expansion, But Gov. LePage Has Some Conditions

The Republican governor says he will block Medicaid expansion (again) until the state legislature can find a way to pay for the program.

Maine Becomes 1st State to Expand Medicaid by Ballot Vote

Two other states, Utah and Idaho, may attempt their own expansion-by-referendum on next year’s ballot.

Study: PFOA Is in a Higher Percentage of U.S. Drinking Water Than Previously Thought

Perfluorooctanoic acid, an ingredient used in Teflon, is not currently regulated by the EPA, so state or local governments aren’t required to test for them.

Medicaid Head Signals Future Approval for Work Requirement Waivers

In a speech before the National Association of Medicaid Directors, Seema Verma outlined the administration’s vision and called for a “reset” of the federal-state partnership.

Public Health Emergency Declaration Extended in San Diego

While local officials think a deadly hepatitis A outbreak has eased somewhat, they’ve faced challenges in communicating the continuing risk.

The Future of American Jobs Is Taking Care of the Elderly

The number of U.S. workers in home health care jumped from less than 700,000 in 2002 to more than 1.4 million in 2017. Projections for the growth of elderly-care aides are consistent with recent history.

Here Are The Medicaid Stories You Should Be Watching

A Medicaid expansion by ballot measure in Maine, the looming cliff in Puerto Rico and news from Utah and Wisconsin.