As the COVID public health emergency ends, prepping for a new pandemic is next

BY: - May 11, 2023

Uninsured people will continue to have access to the vaccine after the country transitions out of the emergency through a bridge program.

Allowing employees with long COVID to have flexible hours and work from home are just two ways companies can help accommodate workers with long COVID. (Getty Images)

Long COVID is hurting business; workplace accommodations could help

BY: - April 17, 2023

The total cost of long COVID to the U.S. economy is a fluid figure.

A Q&A with Admiral Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s former secretary of health

BY: - April 2, 2023

By Harrison Cann Admiral Rachel Levine’s path to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was anything but direct. Specializing in pediatrics and psychiatry coming out of the Penn State College of Medicine, Levine went on to serve as Pennsylvania physician general before she was appointed Secretary of Health in 2018 by former Gov. […]

A view of the U.S. Capitol (Capital-Star photo by Jennifer Shutt).

At hearing, U.S. Senators condemn Moderna’s plan to boost COVID jab to $130 a dose

BY: - March 22, 2023

Even with the hike, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel pledged to keep the vaccine and boosters free for uninsured or underinsured Americans.


County-by-county data on Pa.’s opioid deaths during pandemic defied stereotypes | Opinion

BY: - March 22, 2023

By Brian King, Andrea Rishworth,  Louisa M. Holmes, and Ruchi Patel The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea The COVID-19 pandemic intensified the opioid epidemic, according to our new research, which finds that opioid overdoses increased in Pennsylvania in 2020 compared with 2018 and 2019. Yet general trends […]

Filling Medical Form, document, stethoscope

As COVID protections end, patients classified as ‘medically needy’ fear new barriers to care

BY: - March 8, 2023

Boosted pandemic-era benefits may push some over the income line as disenrollments resume.

Jimmy Dee Stout had served about half of his 15-year sentence for a drug conviction when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last year. He learned about compassionate release from another prisoner, and was released last October with help from Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Stout now lives with his brother in Round Rock, Texas. (JULIA ROBINSON FOR KHN)

A law was meant to free sick or aging inmates. Instead, some are left to die in prison

BY: - February 27, 2023

Federal data shows judges rejected more than 80% of compassionate release requests filed from October 2019 through September 2022.

The era of ‘free’ COVID vaccines, test kits, and treatments Is ending

BY: - February 13, 2023

Time is running out for free-to-consumer covid vaccines, at-home test kits, and even some treatments.

Two parents study with their child. All are wearing masks. Public school enrollment dropped by 1.2M students during the pandemic. An expert explains where the students went -- and why it matters.

Why did public school enrollment drop during the pandemic? An expert explains | Analysis

BY: - February 10, 2023

Enrollment dropped by 1.2M students. This is where they went and why it matters

A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

States take heat for spending federal relief funds on tax cuts, prisons

BY: - February 2, 2023

Civil rights groups, fiscal watchdogs say some states misused cash on projects unrelated to mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

FDA experts are still puzzled over who should get which COVID shots and when

BY: - January 30, 2023

Experts have expressed frustration over the lack of clear government messaging on what the public can expect from COVID vaccines.


Parents had high rates of anxiety and depression during COVID. That affected kids | Opinion

BY: - January 22, 2023

Decades of research clearly demonstrate that the mental health of parents and their children are inextricably linked.