The Mississippi River at Natchez, Mississippi

Louisianans on Medicaid expansion can get care across river at Natchez hospital

BY: - November 30, 2022

Just across the Mississippi River bridge from Natchez are the Louisiana towns of Vidalia, Ferriday and other communities where there are people who have health care coverage through the expansion of Medicaid. Those Louisianans, if they are in the correct Medicaid health care network, can obtain medical services across the bridge in Mississippi at Merit […]

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LABI input, or lack of it, likely to shape medical marijuana workplace policy

BY: - November 29, 2022

A state panel has three weeks left to wrap up work on draft legislation to protect workers who use medical marijuana. Before then, members hope to get feedback from a very influential business lobbying group, without which approval of the proposals is unlikely.  Louisiana’s Employment and Medical Marijuana Task Force met Tuesday with a Dec. […]

Houston residents say city fumbled sounding the alarm on boil water notice

BY: - November 28, 2022

HOUSTON — Eboni Davis was at home Sunday night when she got a text saying she wouldn’t have work the following day at Yates High School because of a boil water notice in the nation’s fourth-most-populous city. “I was like, ‘That’s crazy. How did they even let this happen?’” Davis said Monday afternoon, as she […]

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As East Texas town boils its water on Thanksgiving, officials seek solution to aging infrastructure

BY: - November 24, 2022

ZAVALLA, Texas — The nearly 700 residents here must boil their water this Thanksgiving as the small East Texas town grapples with aging infrastructure that has left residents without safe water for 10 days this month. The working-class town, 23 miles southeast of Lufkin, has had problems with its water system for years, but issues […]

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Abortion advocates aim to outflank lawmakers using 2024 ballot measures

BY: - November 24, 2022

Read more Stateline coverage on how states are either protecting or curbing access to abortions. Encouraged by six victories — and zero defeats — in this month’s midterm elections, abortion rights advocates are considering another round of ballot measures in 2024 that would enshrine reproductive freedom in state constitutions. This time, they’re mostly aiming at states with […]

Zach Binney, his wife Amy and their six-month-old son Jacob.

Georgia’s on-again, off-again abortion restrictions create doubt for fertility treatments

BY: - November 22, 2022

ATLANTA – On Friday, Zach Binney, an assistant professor at Emory University’s Oxford College, brought his work stuff to the temple where his six-month old son Jacob goes to daycare. He spent the day working in the temple library instead of his office so he could spend 20 minutes with the baby during midday Shabbat […]

Senator wants to force utilities to offer federal aid for residents behind on water bills

BY: - November 21, 2022

Almost 150,000 households in New Jersey owe nearly $45 million in unpaid water bills, but they can’t access federal aid that absolves arrearages because most of the state’s utilities don’t participate in the assistance program. So a Democratic state lawmaker from Camden County aims to fix that by setting new rules and penalties for utilities […]

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Landry, 21 AGs push Biden administration to drop healthcare worker COVID vaccine mandate

BY: - November 21, 2022

Louisiana’s attorney general announced Monday he is leading a coalition of 22 states that want the Biden administration to end a mandate for healthcare workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The 22 attorneys general have filed a petition that requests the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

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Two communities find a cure for medical debt: pandemic stimulus funds

BY: - November 20, 2022

Local governments in Ohio and Illinois are using American Rescue Plan Act money to relieve residents struggling with medical debt by partnering with an organization that buys debt and wipes the slate clean for debtors.  It’s a strategy advocates say could be duplicated across the country to help erase a multibillion-dollar problem. On Nov. 9, […]

Louisiana’s rural healthcare anemic for minorities, poor, elderly

BY: - November 18, 2022

Karen Wyble kept a promise that she made to the mother of a young sickle cell patient when she testified Thursday before a legislative committee. The woman’s daughter had refused to go to a hospital emergency department to address her severe pain because of the treatment she had received previously. “‘Mom, please just let me […]

Oregon will be the first state to make affordable health care a constitutional right

BY: - November 16, 2022

Oregon will be the first state in the nation to enshrine the right to affordable health care in its constitution. Ballot Measure 111 narrowly passed, with nearly 50.7% of voters in favor and 49.3% of voters opposed. The measure’s long-term impact on Oregon health care is unclear because it doesn’t prescribe how the state should […]

Jas Robinson's feet are shown near a fault in the floor of her New Orleans home

‘Healthy Homes’ ordinance falls short for New Orleans tenants, advocates say

BY: - November 10, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Jas Robinson walked through the kitchen of her Tulane-Gravier apartment on a warm October afternoon. Her large calico cat, Badu, weaved between her legs, dodging the soft spots in the linoleum that buckle even at the weight of a feline. Every day, as Robinson, 30, a caterer, moves between the stove and […]