Health & Human Services

Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills

Under the new law, insurance companies and medical providers can enter into arbitration to negotiate a payment — and state officials would oversee that process.

A State Proposal to Cremate Bodies the Jedi Way

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize open-air human cremation, similar to Darth Vader's funeral.

American Patients Are the Worst in the World

COMMENTARY | Americans are hypochondriacs, yet we skip our checkups. We demand drugs we don’t need, and fail to take the ones we do. No wonder the U.S. leads the world in health spending.

What Do States Mean When They Say ‘Public Option’?

Washington last month became the first state to enact a “public option” for health insurance.

This State May Allow Restaurants to Accept Food Stamp Benefits

A bill awaiting the governor's signature in Illinois would give some SNAP recipients the option to use their benefits at restaurants and to purchase hot prepared food at grocery stores.

A New Way for Firefighters to Track Their Exposure to Carcinogens

A new app allows firefighters to track in real-time their exposure to dangerous substances.

'Thinking Differently': How One County Teaches First Responders About Autism

The training program in Dutchess County, New York is part of a larger county initiative aimed at improving life for people with special needs.

Rapid Opioid Cutoff Is Risky Too, Feds Warn

Two federal agencies caution doctors not to taper high-dose pain patients too quickly.

Poll: Despite Struggles, Rural Americans Feel Connected to Communities

Civic engagement is high among rural residents, which may offset negative feelings about financial insecurity and access to health care.

County-Based Solutions for the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia

New research from the National Association of Counties aims to provide local government officials with tools to combat the opioid crisis in Appalachia.

The New Abortion Bills Are a Dare

State legislators in Alabama and Georgia know that abortion bans will likely be overturned in lower courts. They are aiming higher.

These States are More Prepared for Public Health Emergencies

The National Health Security Preparedness Index analyzes 129 measures to rank which states are most—and least—prepared to handle large-scale public health emergencies.

States Move to Crack Down on Fertility Fraud

In most states, fertility doctors wouldn't face criminal charges for secretly using their own sperm to inseminate patients. Some lawmakers are trying to change that.

Protecting Health Care Workers from Violence at Work

Legislation introduced in Congress is aimed at preventing violence against health workers, sometimes by their patients, while another bill would create a peer-support program for paramedics and other first responders.

New Law Will Establish State Children's Mental Health System

Legislators in Iowa passed a measure expanding behavioral and mental health services for children, but advocates say the law lacks permanent funding.

Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks

In three red states that might have been expected to adopt work requirements, lawmakers failed this year to pass legislation.

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Housing, Medical Care

More than half of middle-income seniors by 2029 will have annual financial resources of $60,000 or less, a new study found.

Tracking Cancer Among Firefighters

The National Firefighter Registry seeks to collect detailed information on cancer rates within the profession with the goal of improving research.

STDs Surging Across the Country

Local health departments struggle to treat and prevent the spread of STDs amid ongoing budget cuts.