County-Based Solutions for the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia

New research from the National Association of Counties aims to provide local government officials with tools to combat the opioid crisis in Appalachia.

The New Abortion Bills Are a Dare

State legislators in Alabama and Georgia know that abortion bans will likely be overturned in lower courts. They are aiming higher.

Vermont Lawmakers Move to Establish ‘Fundamental Right’ to Abortion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York expands traffic cameras in school zones … Legislation for family caregivers considered in several states … Tennessee prepares for legalized sports betting.

California Gov. Newsom Changes Course On Plan To Pay For Immigrant Health Coverage

The California Governor had planned to divert public health dollars from several counties to help provide health coverage to young undocumented immigrants.

These States are More Prepared for Public Health Emergencies

The National Health Security Preparedness Index analyzes 129 measures to rank which states are most—and least—prepared to handle large-scale public health emergencies.

As the Opioid Crisis Peaks, Meth and Cocaine Deaths Explode

Misuse of both stimulants has increased in recent years, surpassing nonmedical use of opioid.

Amid Measles Outbreak, Little Effort to Kill Vaccine Exemptions

As many legislative sessions wind down, only Washington state has sent a measure restricting exemptions to the governor’s desk.

States Move to Crack Down on Fertility Fraud

In most states, fertility doctors wouldn't face criminal charges for secretly using their own sperm to inseminate patients. Some lawmakers are trying to change that.

Protecting Health Care Workers from Violence at Work

Legislation introduced in Congress is aimed at preventing violence against health workers, sometimes by their patients, while another bill would create a peer-support program for paramedics and other first responders.

This State Has a Bundle of Ideas to Lower Drug Prices

Though many other states besides Maine are taking targeted actions to lower drug prices, few if any are seeking to tackle the issue in such a comprehensive way.

Family Welfare Caps Lose Favor in More States

Last week, Massachusetts became the latest state to repeal its family cap, when state lawmakers overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

New Law Will Establish State Children's Mental Health System

Legislators in Iowa passed a measure expanding behavioral and mental health services for children, but advocates say the law lacks permanent funding.

Alabama House Passes Bill to Criminalize Most Abortions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State considers no money for jails in Michigan counties that don’t cooperate with ICE … Residents in L.A. take on a greater role in police misconduct cases … Food insecurity impacts every county in the U.S.

U.S. House Bill Calls for New Limits on Chemicals in Drinking Water

The legislation targets a class of industrial compounds known as “PFAS,” which have stoked public health concerns.

The Homeless Are Dying In Record Numbers On The Streets Of Los Angeles

Deaths increased 76% in the past five years, according to an analysis of coroner data.

New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

In the last five years, at least 46 states enacted laws allowing private citizens to administer the overdose-reversal medication. Now doctors in a handful of states must offer some patients the overdose-reversal drug.

Measles Outbreak Hits 25-Year High

Officials confirmed 78 new cases of the measles, making the current outbreak the largest in more than two decades.

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Housing, Medical Care

More than half of middle-income seniors by 2029 will have annual financial resources of $60,000 or less, a new study found.