Laura’s Recent Stories
Economy Oct 12Why millions of Americans feel they must choose between caring for loved ones and work
Generations of workers have simply absorbed the chaos of balancing labor and child care, and the pandemic exposed how underappreciated -- and broken -- the nation’s child care system is. What policymakers do next could change the way U.S. families…
Politics Sep 30The U.S. ranks 48th in per capita vaccination. Political polarization is one reason why
Unease amid the nation's pandemic response and protracted budget wrangling in Congress may be costing President Joe Biden political capital he needs to advance his ambitious agenda, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.
Health Sep 28When the hospital emergency room is inundated with knee-deep water
Experts predict that human-driven climate change will significantly increase the number of communities vulnerable to flooding and could undermine the health care systems that support cities and towns already in harm’s way.
Health Sep 17WATCH: U.S. plans to spend $2.1 billion to improve infection control
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allocating the funding from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that was signed into law by President Joe Biden this year.
Health Sep 10WATCH: White House COVID-19 task force holds briefing after Biden unveils action plan
So far, nearly three-quarters of Americans aged 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, but millions more remain vulnerable to the virus as the delta variant has fueled new infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
Health Sep 07For countries with few vaccine doses, fighting COVID-19 is ‘a race from behind’
The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare wide disparities in health care between countries on issues like vaccines and raised calls for more resource-sharing to save lives.
Health Sep 034 takeaways about Americans’ COVID views at summer’s end
While taming the coronavirus will continue to depend on widespread adoption of key public health measures, the United States is still confronting the gulf between those who believe that something like getting a vaccine is a personal decision versus those…
Politics Sep 02Here’s who Americans blame for U.S. failures in Afghanistan
The chaotic evacuation of more than 120,000 Americans, U.S. allies and Afghans from Kabul seems to have cost President Joe Biden significant public approval as the nation nears the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Health Aug 17WATCH: How to keep kids safe from COVID-19 in school
Will everyone wear a face mask? How many children and staff will be present in each classroom? Do school administrators have resources to improve ventilation and air flow?…
Health Aug 13Who can ask about your vaccine status? Here’s what you need to know about HIPAA
HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, protects people’s private health information from being shared by certain health care entities without patient consent. But this 1996 law is far more narrowly defined than most people realize.