How to Boost Vaccine Rates for Low-Income Families

Statistics show that disparities persist between rates of young children on Medicaid and kids with private insurance.

Big Differences in Life Expectancy, City by City, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Another police “swatting” call … Florida red tide spreads … San Francisco's new seismic list ... and remembering the Taj Mahal of municipal pools.

Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options

Two specific provisions of new federal legislation to combat opioids could help states trying to offer addicts more treatment options.

The Impacts of Iowa’s Underground Needle Exchanges

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Miami’s strong-mayor vote ... N.C.’s Florence road damage estimate … Texas special education funding … and Calif. DMV warns of new scam.

In Montana, a Tough Negotiator Proved Employers Don’t Have to Pay So Much for Health Care

With its employee health plan in financial crisis, Montana hired a former insurance insider who pushed back against industry players with vested interests in keeping costs high. She proved, essentially, that bargaining down health care prices works.

How Indiana Is Taking On the Opioid Crisis

Looking at proposals for treatment system transformation, the substance use disorder workforce and underserved populations.

Rural Hospital Closures Happen Disproportionately in This Region

Financial distress has been exacerbated by multiple factors in recent years.

Insurance Companies Balk at Florida’s Health Care Cost Transparency Website

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Feds sue California over net neutrality protections ... Nevada sex offender registry changes … and cat stuck on pole prompts interagency frustration.

Most Hospital ERs Won’t Treat Your Addiction. These Will.

In most places across the country, opioid addicts can't get addiction medication in ERs. But some have started to do things differently.

The Homeless Get Sick; ‘Street Medicine’ Is There for Them

“Street medicine,” which had only a few resolute practitioners when it got its start in the mid-1980s, has surged within the past decade, growing into a network of programs in over 85 cities and in 15 countries.

Thousands Fail to Meet New Medicaid Work Mandates in Arkansas

The state is the first to move forward with new requirements for beneficiaries.

Indiana Mapping Tool Uses EMS Data to Show Naloxone Administrations

The map shows use of the overdose-reversing drug as reported by EMS responders, beginning in 2014.

Court Rules First Amendment Could Protect Food Sharing

An appellate court last week found that the First Amendment covers a weekly shared meal at a Fort Lauderdale park where homeless people are known to congregate.

Teen Xanax Abuse Is Surging, Experts Say

Addiction practitioners say they’re seeing more young patients who are hooked on Xanax.

State Official in Mich. Will Face Trial for Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Deaths

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trump vs. Portland’s mayor … pathway to six-figure teacher salaries in Texas … and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. scrambles after City Hall fire.

Thousands Could Lose Medicaid as 1st State Implements Work Requirements

Arkansas state officials say new requirements will help people get into the workforce. Advocates, however, contend they will just kick people out of the insurance program.

Health Insurance Premiums Are Stabilizing, Despite GOP Attacks

In the coming year, insurance availability through the Affordable Care Act appears to be stabilizing in many states, with much smaller expected premium increases than in previous years.

Red States May Be Ready to Expand Medicaid—In Exchange for Work

In several states this year, the march to bring health care benefits to more low-income residents came with the insistence that able-bodied adults put in hours of work or volunteer time each month to retain the assistance.

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.