Health & Human Services

Democrats, Republicans Race to Shore Up Divisions on Coronavirus Package

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had hoped for a Thursday vote on the legislation, but Republicans said they won’t support the proposal as drafted and pushed for changes.

New York State Makes Own Hand Sanitizer to Protect Against Coronavirus

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state has started making its own hand sanitizer at a state prison and warned retailers to stop price gouging.

Exempting Breastfeeding Mothers from Jury Duty

A proposal in Washington state would allow breastfeeding mothers to skip jury duty.

The Coronavirus Response is Straining an Already Depleted Public Health System

Years of funding shortfalls have left local health departments understaffed, vacancies that become particularly glaring during a large-scale emergency, advocates say.

Clinical Trial Underway for Coronavirus Treatment

It's the first test of a treatment for the virus, which federal officials said Tuesday was likely to continue spreading throughout the United States.

A Plan To Prevent Drunk Drivers From Buying Alcohol

Proposed legislation in Utah would create an "Alcohol-Restricted Individual Program," with both voluntary and court-ordered participation.

Facing a Foster Care Crisis, One State Seeks to Increase Payments to Foster Parents

A proposal in the West Virginia Legislature would increase monthly payments to foster parents, pay child-placing agencies for finalized adoptions and create a foster parent's bill of rights.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements

An Arkansas program that required most Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or attend school to receive health coverage was "arbitrary and capricious," a three-judge panel ruled unanimously.

A Teacher Said Her Boss Wouldn't Allow Breast Milk Pumping. Now Georgia Lawmakers Are Pushing a Bill.

Federal law requires employers to provide certain accommodations for breastfeeding women, but some careers, including teachers, aren't covered.

Containing the Coronavirus

In King County, Washington, the public health department is relying on temporary staff hired for measles and hepatitis A outbreaks to help investigate a confirmed case of coronavirus.

California Plan to Reduce Homelessness Forces Cities, Counties to Step Up

A proposal by the governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors would mandate that cities, counties and the state reduce homelessness or be vulnerable to court action.

Diagnosed With Dementia, She Documented Her Wishes. They Said No.

Nevada is the only state that explicitly recognizes an advance directive about end-of-life care that allows patients to dictate they will refuse assisted eating and drinking.

Feds Reject Wyoming’s Plan to Regulate Air Ambulance Transport

The state had requested a Medicaid waiver as part of a plan to reduce air ambulance costs and to improve service availability.

Preventing Discrimination Against Preventive HIV Medication

A proposal before the Maine Legislature would forbid life insurance companies from denying coverage to people who take medication to prevent HIV.

State Health Officials Say Medicaid Expansion Helped Combat Opioid Epidemic

Health officials from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania testified before a congressional committee about how states have used federal opioid funding.

State Lawmakers Urge Medicaid Expansion to Fight Maternal Mortality Crisis

A bipartisan panel of Georgia lawmakers recommended that the state expand Medicaid coverage for poor and rural mothers, a move they said could help lower the state's high maternal death rate.

The Disproportionate Effects of Air Pollution

Residents of poor and segregated neighborhoods around St. Louis had heightened risk of cancer due to increased exposure to air pollutants, including car emissions, researchers found.

Aging Hospitals Aren’t Ready for the Technology Revolution

COMMENTARY | The political discourse around infrastructure investment has all but ignored the deteriorating state of U.S. hospitals.

Texas Law Highlights Dilemma Over Care For Patients With No Hope Of Survival

Critics say a two-decade-old law gives hospitals too much power in determining when to stop treatment.

Coping With Loss Of Hospital, Rural Town Realizes: We Don’t Need A Hospital

It’s been about a year since the hospital in Fort Scott, Kan., closed. The lessons for this community about meeting its residents’ health needs could provide insights for the rest of the country.