Hospital Closures in Rural Areas Linked With Uptick in Inpatient Deaths, Study Finds

New research focused on California finds that hospital closures in urban areas didn’t have the same effect.

Controlling Mosquito Populations by Releasing Mosquitoes

Los Angeles County officials are hoping to replicate a successful pilot program that mated sterile male mosquitoes with biting females, leading to a reduction in the overall population.

Starving Seniors: How America Fails To Feed Its Aging

One out of every 13 older Americans struggles to find enough food to eat while the federal program intended to help hasn’t kept pace with the graying population.

What Happens When You Don’t Pay a Hospital Bill

As Americans sink under medical expenses, debt collectors go to great—and sometimes strange—lengths to collect.

New Trump Rule on Medical Interpreters Could Leave Immigrants Behind

Trump rule could relax requirements that health care providers offer language services.

Wyoming Is Using Medicaid to Treat Air Ambulances Like a Public Utility

Other states dealing with the high air ambulance costs have tried to rein in the industry but have continually run up against the Airline Deregulation Act.

Federal Watchdog Sounds Alarm Over New York Nursing Homes

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General found shortfalls related to fire safety and other areas in a survey of 20 facilities.

What to Do with All This Broken Stuff? Cities Aim to Help People Fix It

Across the country, municipalities are helping residents repair mendable belongings, keep material out of landfills and save money.

Trailer Park Near Posh Ski Resort Part of Statewide Mobile Home Debate

Mobile home parks could be a key part of affordable housing in Colorado. But some say they also need more regulation.

Joe Camel Was Forced Out Of Ads. So Why Is Juul Allowed On TV?

Many public health advocates are skeptical of the company’s repeated assertions that adult smokers are its target audience.

After A Rural Hospital Closes, Delays In Emergency Care Cost Patients Dearly

Nationwide, more than 110 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and in each instance a community struggles to survive in its own way.

Shouldn’t There be a Law Against Reckless Opioid Sales? Turns Out, There Is

COMMENTARY | The massive scale of prescription opioid shipments as the ongoing overdose epidemic unfolded has started to come into focus.

Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It.

Hospitals are shutting down across rural America, creating a shortage of care.

A New Flint? Another City Hands Out Bottled Water Because of Lead Concerns

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Six police officers shot and injured in Philadelphia standoff … Plastic bags killing cattle in Texas … Governors of Kansas and Missouri end “border war”

This State Official Would Like You to Mail Her Your Ticks

Patti Casey, an environmental surveillance program manager for the state of Vermont, oversees three tick-monitoring programs, including one where she collects ticks by mail from residents.

Kids With Lead Poisoning Will Get Early Help in These States

Experts say it’s most effective to intervene before the age of 5.

As States Strive To Stabilize Insurance Marketplaces, Insurers Return

Experts say that insurers re-entering state marketplace is a sign that the marketplaces are becoming more robust and less risky for insurers, despite ongoing political and legal battles over the ACA.

Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids

Some states allow people with opioid addictions to get a medical marijuana card, but many medical experts oppose those policies.