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Nation Jul 18Infants summoned for deportation under family separation, federal data shows
The number of infants under age 1 involved has been rising — up threefold from 24 infants in the fiscal year that ended last Sept. 30, and 46 infants the year before.
Health Jun 28More toddlers appear alone in court for deportation under family separation
Requiring unaccompanied minors to go through deportation alone is not a new practice. But in the wake of the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy, more young children — including toddlers — are being affected than in the past.
Health Jun 20A fifth of immigrant children detained under ‘zero tolerance’ policy are younger than 13
The number of children has exploded in the past six weeks since the Trump administration moved to stop parents and their children at the U.S. border and separate and detain them in different facilities.
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.