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.

Vermont Lawmakers Move to Establish ‘Fundamental Right’ to Abortion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York expands traffic cameras in school zones … Legislation for family caregivers considered in several states … Tennessee prepares for legalized sports betting.

California Gov. Newsom Changes Course On Plan To Pay For Immigrant Health Coverage

The California Governor had planned to divert public health dollars from several counties to help provide health coverage to young undocumented immigrants.

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.

Amid Measles Outbreak, Little Effort to Kill Vaccine Exemptions

As many legislative sessions wind down, only Washington state has sent a measure restricting exemptions to the governor’s desk.

This State Has a Bundle of Ideas to Lower Drug Prices

Though many other states besides Maine are taking targeted actions to lower drug prices, few if any are seeking to tackle the issue in such a comprehensive way.

U.S. House Bill Calls for New Limits on Chemicals in Drinking Water

The legislation targets a class of industrial compounds known as “PFAS,” which have stoked public health concerns.

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.

Measles Outbreak Hits 25-Year High

Officials confirmed 78 new cases of the measles, making the current outbreak the largest in more than two decades.

Farmers Wash Up ‘in a Fragile Place’ After Historic Midwest Floods

Tough financial situations exasperated by natural disasters are a key driver of mental distress among farmers.

The Poop Problem Plaguing One of America’s Wealthiest Cities

“People should have places to go to the bathroom when they need to, and in San Francisco they don't,” says a supervisor there looking to tackle this and other issues tied to street cleanliness.

STDs Surging Across the Country

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

Washington State Moves to Tighten Vaccine Exemptions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Former foster children push for a "bill of rights" about maintaining sibling relationships ... A lawsuit over the Colorado River protection plan ... Connecticut lawmakers could require diaper changing table parity in public restrooms.

Measles Outbreak on Pace to Be Largest in Decades

Ninety new cases were confirmed last week, bringing the nationwide total to 555, according to federal health officials.

Opioid Treatment Programs Gear Up to Provide Suicide Care

Increasing evidence shows the nation’s suicide and opioid epidemics are entwined.

Anti-Vaxxers Appear to Be Losing Ground in the Online Vaccine Debate

COMMENTARY | Social media activity suggests that pro-vaccine evidence may be starting to outweigh anti-vaxxer disinformation.

Measles Crackdown: County Begins Ban of Unvaccinated Children from Public Places

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maryland Gov. vetoes school start bill, along with other legislation ... Crackdown on bike lane enforcement ... A police department faces possible closure in Maine.