Advocates Offer New Remedy for Health Care Woes as a Bridge to Single Payer

“Universal coverage is within our grasp” in California, but the overall cost is yet to be determined.

Medicaid Makes Up Largest Share of Grants to States

Mix of total funding from federal grants varied by state

Aid-in-Dying Gains Momentum as Erstwhile Opponents Change Their Minds

New Jersey is one of at least 25 states considering aid-in-dying bills this year. 

States Want More Money and Less Punishment Over Opioids

“To fully address the crisis we have to treat it as a health care issue, as a child welfare issue and as a drain on our local economies,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state.

Lessons From Kentucky’s Public Health Surveillance and Community Prevention

The National Governors Association selected seven state governments to participate in a learning lab and receive technical assistance.

Governors Want Room to Shape Health Care Innovation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are making a second, bipartisan attempt at improving Obamacare and affordability.

Elder Abuse Is the ‘Silent Epidemic of Our Time’

The opioid abuse crisis may be contributing to a ‘staggering’ spike in adult protective services caseloads. And local officials fear the problem will only get worse.

Good News: Overdose Deaths Fall in 14 States

But the bad news: “But we’re still seeing rates of overdose that are leaps and bounds higher than what we were seeing a decade ago and far beyond any other country in the world.”

Trump’s Historic Medicaid Shift Goes Beyond Work Requirements

All the states requesting Medicaid work requirements are led by Republican governors who tout the “it’s a trampoline, not a hammock” approach to the social services safety net.

The Rush to Replenish Blood Supplies After Mass-Casualty Events

An estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. Less than 10 percent of that population actually do.

Why Police Backing Is Key to Needle Exchanges

Nationwide, the list of syringe exchanges, both official and unofficial, has grown by about 15 percent a year for the past three years, with the fastest growth in Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio.

Federal Watchdog: State Reporting Gaps Limit Assisted Living Oversight

"This report finds that thousands of seniors face serious health and safety risks in their assisted living facilities,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said of the Government Accountability Office findings.

15 Kentuckians Sue Trump Administration Over New Medicaid Waiver

The plaintiffs contend that waivers that require work as a prerequisite for health coverage will cause “irreparable harm to the health and welfare of the poorest and most vulnerable in our country.”

Homeless Will Now Be Asked: Are You Fleeing Domestic Violence?

For years, advocates have called victims of domestic violence part of the country’s “hidden homeless.” But now, for the first time, they’re being included in the national homelessness count.

Senate Republicans Blame Medicaid for the Rise in Opioid Deaths

But the data and the on-the-ground experience of local health officials beg to differ.

'Safety Net' Hospitals Face Federal Budget Cuts

The cuts come at a time when many rural hospitals already are struggling to keep their doors open.

Kentucky’s Medicaid Waiver Will Do More Than Just Require People to Work

The state’s waiver would also impose monthly premiums on beneficiaries, and threatens six-month program lockouts on individuals who do not comply with Medicaid rules.