Health & Human Services

A Foster Care and Adoption Shift in a Southern State

Louisiana refocused its efforts on foster care and adoption four years ago. Today, adoption rates are up, particularly among sibling groups and older teens.

South Carolina Becomes First Non-Medicaid Expansion State to Enact Work Requirements

The state says it will boost people out of poverty. Critics say thousands will lose coverage.

Extending Medicaid After Childbirth Could Reduce Maternal Deaths

Evidence shows women should receive follow-up care for a year after giving birth.

Supreme Court Allows Kentucky Abortion Ultrasound Requirement to Stand

The law requires women who seek abortions to view a narrated ultrasound before the procedure, even if they don’t want one.

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How One State Seeks to Help Parents with Early Child Development

In Alabama, parents can jump online to learn how to play and chat with their children in ways that encourage healthy development.

Cities Increasingly Enacting Bans Restricting Homeless People, Report Says

In the last three years, more cities have prohibited camping, sleeping in public, sharing food, and living in vehicles.

Too Many Drugs, Too Little Data

COMMENTARY | Unlike other states, Massachusetts leaders relied on data—crucial in developing policies, but too often not available—to guide their decision to begin allowing medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction in jails.

Early in the Season, Flu Widespread in 10 States

Public health officials said they hope to improve both information sharing and vaccine manufacturing to reduce the spread of flu in the near future.

The Healthiest—and Unhealthiest—States

Reduced smoking rates, not much violent crime and low reports of sexually transmitted diseases make Vermont the healthiest state in the country, according to rankings released this week.

Many States Prosecute Pregnant Women for Drug Use. New Research Says That’s a Bad Idea.

As the opioid epidemic surges, states have been cracking down on pregnant addicted women.

Concerned About Her City's Lack of Affordable Housing, a Councilwoman Decided to Build Some

Jillian Johnson, mayor pro tem of Durham, N.C., is constructing a duplex next to her house with the goal of renting its two units to low-income families who need stable housing.

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Almost 700,000 to Lose Food Stamp Benefits Under Finalized Trump Administration Rule

A new USDA rule, one of several that has been under consideration, would make it more difficult for states to obtain work requirement waivers for the federal food stamp program.

Congressional Proposals Would Pay For Recycling Education at Local Level

Two new bills would provide funding for state and local governments to better educate consumers about what can and cannot be recycled in an effort to reduce waste.

HIV Treatment, Testing Not Reaching Enough People, CDC Says

New data shows that current treatment, testing and prevention methods are not reaching enough Americans to help curtail new HIV cases, which federal officials said underscores the need for expanded options.

What’s Really Behind the Native American Health Gap?

Melissa Walls of the Center for American Indian Health in Duluth, Minnesota, talks about the lasting health effects of “Indian Relocation” policies of the 1950s.

Report: Over 2 Million Children Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

The societal costs associated with children’s exposure to opioids could total $400 billion by 2030, a new report from the United Hospital Fund estimates.

After Rapper's 'Hymen Check' Comments, New York Lawmakers Want to Outlaw Virginity Testing

New York state legislators have filed two bills to ban the practice of virginity testing, which seeks to confirm the presence of a girl or woman's hymen as evidence that she is not sexually active.

Eliminating Food Deserts Won’t Help Poorer Americans Eat Healthier

COMMENTARY | The effect on healthy eating from opening new supermarkets is negligible at best.

Coping With Power Loss: California’s Hospitals Face New Reality

California’s recurrent power outages in response to wildfire threats have forced patients to think about how they get care when the power is cut at hospitals and clinics.

More Kids on Medicaid to Get Health Care in School

States are just now becoming aware of a five-year-old federal policy.