Mental health respite facilities are filling care gaps in more than a dozen states
They offer a short-term, homelike environment for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis but don't need immediate medical care.
Study reveals staggering toll of being Black in America: 1.6M excess deaths over 22 years
By Liz Szabo Research has long shown that Black people live sicker lives and die younger than white people. Now a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, casts the nation’s racial inequities in stark relief, finding that the higher mortality rate among Black Americans resulted in 1.63 million excess deaths relative to white Americans over […]
As U.S. life expectancy falls, experts cite the health impacts of incarceration
At least 6,182 people died in state and federal prisons in 2020, a 46% jump from the previous year.
For uninsured people with cancer, securing care can be like spinning a roulette wheel
In the face of potentially daunting bills, uninsured adults sometimes delay care, which can result in worse survival outcomes.
Health providers scramble to keep remaining staff amid Medicaid rate debate
Providers across the United States say they haven’t seen significant reimbursement increases in more than a decade.
Why fresh produce is an increasingly popular prescription for chronically ill patients
Produce prescription programs could reduce the costs of treating chronic health conditions. But do they work?
Pandemic stress, gangs, and utter fear fueled a rise in teen shootings
Teens who carry firearms might never plan to use them. But guns and developing brains can be a volatile mix.
$50B in opioid settlement cash is on the way. How will it be spent? | Analysis
Transparency 'is letting everyone — I mean everyone — know they can be part of this,' a recovery expert said.
Rural seniors are benefiting from pandemic-driven remote fitness boom
When the pandemic began, senior service agencies hustled to rework health classes to include virtual options for older adults. Now that isolation has ended, virtual classes remain. For seniors in rural areas, those classes have broadened access to supervised physical activity.
In rural America, the deadly costs of opioids outweigh the dollars tagged to address them
'Most folks know these individuals or know somebody who knows them,' Pamlico County Manager Tim Buck said.
ER doctors call private equity staffing practices illegal, seek to ban them
Doctors, consumer advocates, and some lawmakers are looking forward to a California lawsuit against private equity-backed Envision Healthcare. The case is part of a multistate effort to enforce rules banning corporate ownership of physician practices.
Schools, Sheriffs, and Syringes: State plans vary for spending $26B in opioid settlement funds
States’ choices generally reflect a range of local priorities.