Health & Human Services

Supreme Court Says Employers Can Deny Birth Control Coverage Due to Religious or Moral Objections

In a 7-2 decision, the court said the Affordable Care Act grants the federal government power to "identify and create exemptions from its own guidelines."

CDC: Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions 12 Times More Likely to Die From Coronavirus

The coronavirus is particularly deadly for people with pre-existing conditions and continues to disproportionately affect people of color, according to data from the CDC.

Kentucky Governor Wants State to Help All Black Residents Get Health Insurance

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Long lines to vote in Atlanta ... Louisville could ban most no-knock warrants ... A climbing number of Covid-19 cases in Arizona.

Efforts To Curb Congenital Syphilis Falter In Covid’s Shadow

A new report found that in 2018 almost 30% of women who gave birth to a baby with syphilis had no prenatal care and weren't tested in time to receive treatment.

Poll: Nearly Three-Fourths of Americans Would Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Seventy-one percent of Americans would get a coronavirus vaccine if it were free and widely available, a large increase from just a week ago, according to a poll released Tuesday.

‘Why Do We Always Get Hit First?’ Proposed Budget Cuts Target Vulnerable Californians

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed sweeping budget cuts to safety-net health care programs just as enrollment is projected to spike because of record job losses related to the pandemic.

Home Baker Challenges City Food Ordinance Requiring Inspections

A new lawsuit challenges health ordinances the city of Lincoln enacted after Nebraska lawmakers loosened state restrictions on the sale of home-baked goods and other cottage foods.

Officials Apologize, Retool Coronavirus Chart After Backlash

A graph released by the Georgia Department of Public Health purported to show a steady decline in new coronavirus cases, but the data was presented out of order.

Sending Support: Battling Isolation, Seniors Find Comfort in Pen Pals

Senior centers, nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country have launched pen-pal programs to help older adults battle social isolation created by the coronavirus.

Decontamination Systems Can Rejuvenate First Responders' Masks

The systems, which are being deployed across the country, can disinfect up to 80,000 N95 masks per day, allowing each to be reused up to 20 times.

One State Offers Free Calls to Check on Seniors

The Maryland Department of Aging launched the program in January, but retooled and reemphasized it as coronavirus began to spread across the state.

A California County Allows Sexual Assault Victims to Perform Their Own Forensic Exams During the Pandemic

The at-home rape kits are a temporary measure meant to ensure that victims of sexual assault continue to report their experiences in a timely manner, county officials said.

Furor Erupts: Billions Going To Hospitals Based On Medicare Billings, Not COVID-19

The Trump administration confirmed Friday it would give hospitals and doctors coronavirus bailout money according to their historical share of revenue from the Medicare program for seniors—not according to their caseload burden.

'It Can Happen to Anybody': When Coronavirus Spreads at a Local Health Department

Six employees at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department tested positive for coronavirus. All were key to the department's pandemic response plan, leaving officials scrambling to find replacements.

How I Finally Got a Coronavirus Test

After almost a week of illness and testing negative for flu, strep throat and mono, a reporter on Monday is tested for Covid-19.

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.