Health Care

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.

The Startlingly High Cost Of The ‘Free’ Flu Shot

Although many consumers pay nothing out of pocket for flu shots, insurers foot the bill. And those prices vary dramatically.

Our Health Care Debate Is Focused on Insurance. That’s a Mistake.

COMMENTARY | We need to broaden the conversation from a narrow discussion of health insurance to a larger conversation about health.

Medicaid Tweak Might Offer Means To Improve U.S. Maternal Health

A fairly minor policy option could make a major difference: increasing access to Medicaid for postpartum women.

Rural Seasonal Workers Worry About Medicaid Work Requirements

State officials in Montana estimate that up to 12,000 people will lose health coverage when work requirements are put in place.

Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support

Many safety net and rural hospitals have slim or negative operating margins.

Report: How Cities Can Meet the Needs of Growing Senior Populations

From encouraging development of accessible and affordable housing to training older adults so they can get back into the workforce, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging highlights ways cities are engaging with seniors.

To Lower Maternal Mortality, One City Is Thinking Holistically About Women’s Health

Washington, D.C. is trying a variety of strategies to reach women before, during, and after their pregnancies.

What’s the Right Treatment for Lyme Disease? State Legislatures Wade Into the Debate

Reports of Lyme disease have more than doubled over the past two decades. Patients contend that insurance companies sometimes won’t pay for long-term treatment, while some doctors say that it isn’t necessary.

Washington State Law On Behavioral Care Balances Parental Rights, Teens’ Autonomy

Washington is one of many states that carved out exceptions to the rights of parents to know about or consent to certain types of care their minor children receive.

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A Mobile Health Clinic Is Bringing Contraception to South Texas

Long-acting reversible contraception is strikingly effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies. A new medical program is seeking to remove barriers.

Trump Wants States to Experiment With Medicaid—Up to a Point

Utah may be a bellwether showing how far states can go in customizing Medicaid.

Why Hospitals Are Getting Into The Housing Business

Hospital systems now invest in housing to help some of their most frequent patients. This allows them to safely discharge patients who otherwise would have no place to go, freeing up beds for sicker patients and saving the hospitals money.

Tenn. Block Grant Experiment Would Boost Federal Funding, State Medicaid Chief Says

Conservatives have pursued Medicaid block grants for decades to give states more power over the program.

The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves And Have-Nots

State borders can highlight Medicaid’s arbitrary coverage.

Rural Hospital Closings Reach Crisis Stage, Leaving Millions Without Nearby Health Care

COMMENTARY | More than 20% of our nation’s rural hospitals, or 430 hospitals across 43 states, are near collapse.

On-Site Health Care Could Help Seniors Stay at Home

Forty affordable housing complexes are in an innovative federal program.

Air Ambulances Woo Rural Consumers With Memberships That May Leave Them Hanging

Nationwide, state insurance leaders and politicians have raised alarms about the slickly marketed membership campaigns.

Purveyors Of Black-Market Pharmaceuticals Target Immigrants

Immigrants are purchasing a wide array of illegal medications in black markets that are common in California, Arizona, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.