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.

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.”

New App Maps Overdose Epidemic in Real Time

As opioid overdoses spiral, first responders and public health agencies are adopting a smartphone application that tracks both deaths and rescues as they happen.

The 'Horrifying' Consequence of Lead Poisoning

Exposure to the toxin leads to higher risk of miscarriages, new research finds, in addition to other long-lasting effects.

Weaponized Mosquitoes to Be Released in 20 States

The lab-grown, EPA-approved male insects are infected with bacteria that renders females infertile upon mating.

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.

FCC Dinged Over Lack of Federal Strategy for Rural Broadband Adoption

“They have the authority, but I don’t know if they have the political interest,” said the National Digital Inclusion Alliance's director during Senate Commerce subcommittee questioning.

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.

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.

For Addicted Doctors, Confidential Treatment That Works

In a high-stress profession, doctors succumb to drug addiction at a higher rate than the general population. A state-sponsored confidential treatment program helps them get back to work.

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.

White House Opioid Commission Submits Its Final Report

Here are some of its recommendations that will matter most for state and local governments.

Local Health Officials Decry House Plan to Gut Disease Prevention Fund to Pay for CHIP

The House plan to reauthorize CHIP would cut the Affordable Care Act’s Public Health and Prevention Fund by 75 percent over the next decade.

Searching for Solutions After 14 Overdoses and One Death in a Library

A team in Colorado is leveraging cross-sector collaboration to connect members of the community to services that could save their lives.