Health & Human Services

'Deaths of Despair' Theory Overlooks Other Factors, Researchers Say

A lifetime of poverty and hard work contributes more broadly to the growing mortality gap between low-income people and those who are better off than drug overdoses and suicides, according to new research.

With ACA’s Future In Peril, California Reins In Rising Health Insurance Premiums

Most Covered California enrollees receive financial assistance based on their incomes.

Affordable Housing Can't Just Be a Local Priority, City Leaders Say

A new National League of Cities report lays out recommendations for the federal government and highlights steps individual cities have taken to address their housing needs.

Pollution in the Northeast Disproportionately Affects Communities of Color

A new study investigates the impact of air pollution from cars, buses, and trucks on African American, Asian American, and Latino populations of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Sobering Up: In An Alcohol-Soaked Nation, More Seek Booze-Free Social Spaces

A national trend of boozeless bars is cropping up nationwide to create social spaces without the hangovers, DUIs and alcoholism culture. It’s part of a new push for sober options.

Air Ambulance Bill Vetoed in Texas Despite Near Unanimous Support in Legislature

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To Raise Money to Combat Opioid Addiction, One State Hikes Licensing Fees for Drug Companies

A new Minnesota law will increase prescription opioid manufacturer licensing fees from $235 to $55,000 and is expected to generate about $20 million that will fund the state’s opioid prevention and treatment strategies.

Florida Is The Latest Republican-Led State To Adopt Clean Needle Exchanges

Needle exchanges have been legal in many other states for decades, but Southern, Republican-led states like Florida have only recently started to adopt this public health intervention.

State Lawmakers Eye Federal Dollars To Boost Mental Health Counseling By Peers

A bill pending in California would create a process for certifying peer support workers and establish a set of core aptitudes and ethics guidelines for the job.

States Authorize Ridesharing for Medical Transport

Medicaid recipients in Arizona can now use Lyft to travel to non-emergency medical appointments, with similar laws on the way in Florida and Texas.

Trump Has Blessed States’ Exploration Of Importing Drugs. Will It Catch On?

Frustration among consumers — especially those shouldering greater portions of their health bills through high-deductible health plans — is putting pressure on federal and state officials.

Supreme Court Rejects ‘Contrived’ Defense of Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

The high court’s ruling called into question the Trump administration's justification for including the citizenship question but does not preclude the administration from asking residents whether or not they are citizens.

Non-English Speakers Face Health Setback If Trump Loosens Language Rules

A rule proposed by the Trump administration would leave patients with limited English proficiency with fewer guarantees of a written notice that free translation services are available.

A Water-Stressed World Turns to Desalination

Desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. But it remains expensive and creates its own environmental problems.

Hair Braiders Go to Court Over Licensing Requirements

Twenty-seven states do not require licenses for hair braiding, but in Louisiana braiders must complete 500 hours of hands-on training or risk $5,000 fines.

Lack of Medication-Assisted Treatment Impeding Opioid Response in West Virginia, Nurse Tells Congress

Medical experts offered their assessment of the federal government’s approach to combating the opioid crisis before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills

Under the new law, insurance companies and medical providers can enter into arbitration to negotiate a payment — and state officials would oversee that process.

How 10 Cities Are Testing What Works to Increase Economic Mobility

COMMENTARY | City leaders are tapping into data to figure out policies that will improve the prospects of people struggling in communities across the country