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Health Aug 20Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom
One Kentucky program is eyed by other jurisdictions as a way to get addicted parents into recovery and help them care for their children at home.
Health Jul 14Transgender health care targeted in crusade to undo ACA
Because Medicaid covers a disproportionately high number of transgender people, the potential change could heap hardship on an already embattled population.
Health May 01Officials worry Trump’s vow to squeeze ‘sanctuary cities’ could hurt health programs
Health officials in sanctuary cities are worried Trump's hard stance on immigration could put funding for their programs in jeopardy.
Health Apr 24Why kid-friendly medications can be expensive for parents
When prescribing medications, caring for children poses a particular challenge. They’re not just little adults. Their still-developing brains and bodies metabolize drugs differently, and what works for grown-ups can yield radically different — and sometimes dangerous — results in kids.
Health Feb 21Facing pressure, insurance plans loosen rules for covering addiction treatment
The change comes as addiction to opioids, which include heavy-duty painkillers and heroin, still sweeps the country.
Nation Jan 25Block grants are the heart of GOP’s Medicaid plans. Here’s how they work
Republican plans to transform Medicaid could help set debate on the role of government and entitlements. Here's an explanation of how it could work.
Health Dec 19Do female doctors lead to healthier patients?
Female doctors may on average be better than their male counterparts at treating patients in the hospital, according to a new study published today.
Health Nov 10Under President-elect Trump, these policies could replace Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act transformed the medical system, expanding coverage to millions, injecting billions in tax revenue, changing insurance rules and launching ambitious experiments in quality and efficiency.
Health Nov 07Did gender bias kill hormonal birth control for men?
Researchers drew ire after they terminated a study on a promising male birth control treatment. Here's what their decision means for the future of male birth control.
Nation Oct 31Opioid poisoning tripled among toddlers as U.S. painkiller crisis ballooned
A study published Monday highlights a surprising group of patients suffering from opioid poisoning: adolescents, children and even toddlers.