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Fresh Faces, Fewer Tools: Meet the New Bosses Fighting Covid

Local health officials who quit or were forced out during the pandemic have been replaced by people who must face an increasingly polarized public with fewer powers than their predecessors.

3 States Limit Nursing Home Profits in Bid to Improve Care

Following the devastating impact of covid-19 on nursing homes, state lawmakers want to be sure that government and private payments primarily go to improve care and staffing.


In Maine, Vaccine Mandate for EMTs Stresses Small-Town Ambulance Crews

The covid vaccination rate for first responders in the state is more than 95%. But it's lower in more rural areas, where ambulance crews can't function if even just a few people quit.

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‘Down to My Last Diaper’: The Anxiety of Parenting in Poverty

Diapers are a baby essential, but no federal program helps families cover their considerable cost. Jennifer Randles, a professor of sociology at Fresno State in California, spoke with KHN about her novel research exploring the outsize role “diaper math” plays in the lives of low-income moms.

Montana Tribes Want to Stop Jailing People for Suicide Attempts but Lack a Safer Alternative

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes are working with academics and policy experts on possible solutions. Their challenge is how to attract the needed mental health personnel to the remote reservation.

Special Coverage

Reluctant Localities Are Being Dragged Into Court to Fix Sidewalks for People With Disabilities

Hundreds of towns, cities and states across the U.S. have ignored part of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and now it’s costing them billions of dollars to comply.

Bill of the Month

This investigation by KHN and NPR dissects and explains your medical bills every month.


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Look Up Your Hospital

Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?

Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits?

The pros and cons of a new twist in health plans.

Medi-Cal Makeover

Medi-Cal Makeover

California’s reboot of troubled Medi-Cal puts pressure on health plans.

Solitary Confinement Condemns Many Prisoners to Long-Term Health Issues

An international movement is pushing to limit the form of incarceration due to its damaging physical and psychological effects.

Which of Trump’s Health Policies Will Biden Reverse?


Health Industry Wields Power in California’s High-Stakes Battle to Lower Health Care Costs

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to regulate out-of-control health care spending in California. The effort is being shaped by the very health industry players that would be regulated.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Dems Agree to Agree, But Not on What to Agree On

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