Mobile Food Banks Roll to Isolated, Rural Poor

To tackle stubborn food insecurity in rural areas, one idea is to bring food to those who need it.

Federal Share of State Revenue Rises for Third Year

A majority of states saw gains in federal dollars as a share of state revenue in fiscal 2016.

These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say

Some states are restricting prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines.

Maine Legislature Returns to Consider LePage Vetoes

Lawmakers are expected to come back into session on Monday to consider dozens of recent vetoes by Gov. Paul LePage on bills ranging from Medicaid expansion to banning "conversion therapy."

Index Shows States Have Work to Do Combating Youth Homelessness

Cyndi Lauper, who co-founded one of the groups that issued the report, said her hope is it will help states “amp up” their efforts.

A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution

A massive study solidifies the link between particulates from cars and diabetes.

Palliative Sedation, an End-of-Life Practice That Is Legal Everywhere

Many dying patients turn not to medically assisted suicide, legal in just seven states and Washington, D.C., but to palliative sedation.

Kentucky Not Giving Up on Medicaid Work Requirements After Judge’s Ruling

Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan is the best way to keep the popular program solvent. Critics say he’s ignoring key data and thousands risk losing coverage.

New Website Allows Washington State Residents to Research Health-Care Costs

Washington's HealthCareCompare, created by a state agency, allows residents to research the cost and quality of hundreds of medical, dental and pharmacy services and procedures.

The States That Exercise Least

A new CDC report highlights geographical trends in leisure-time physical activity.

U.S. Supreme Court Finds That California Crisis Pregnancy Law Violates Free Speech

The decision likely will have broader implications as other jurisdictions have disclosure requirements on the books for pregnancy centers, although those have also been subject to legal challenges.

Nonstick Chemicals Can Really Stick Around—in Your Body

Amid growing health concerns, policymakers in multiple states want to ban PFAS from food packaging and limit the substances in drinking water.

The Areas of the U.S. Where Ticks Are Spreading Red-Meat Allergies

The lone star tick used to live in warm southeastern states, but its habitat appears to be spreading thanks to rising temperatures across the U.S.

Report Highlights Areas for Improvement in Lead-Mitigation Programs

A recent report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office outlined a list of strategies for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to strengthen oversight and inspections.

Trump's Federal Reorganization Plan Could Affect Major State and Local Government Programs

The 132-page plan affects a host of federal agencies and programs, including some that pay for benefits and initiatives for vulnerable and low-income populations.

Federal Judge Asked to Appoint ‘Special Master’ for Illinois Child Welfare Agency

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Intergovernmental ‘venom’ in S.C. … Colo. to adopt Calif.-style auto emission standards … and coral disease heading to Key West.

With Analytics, New Federal Funding Could Be Turning Point in the Opioid Crisis

COMMENTARY | States like New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts are moving forward with data-driven approaches to treating opioid addictions.

Children With Autism Left Behind by Low Medicaid Rates

Lawsuits in South Carolina and California accuse the states of failing to provide "medically necessary" services for children with autism because Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low that no providers will accept them.

Giving Group Homes a 21st Century Makeover

A new law caps the amount of time the federal government will pay to house children in group homes. New York state officials are concerned it will end up costing counties. Colorado, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming have the greatest percentage of foster children living in group homes.