Samantha Young

Climate Change Raises Pressure on Biden To Keep Workers Cooler

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With climate change posing rising threats to human health, the Biden administration is drafting federal rules to protect construction crews, warehouse workers, delivery drivers and the rest of America鈥檚 workforce from extreme heat. The regulatory effort has been years in the making, and its fate is far from certain. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration […]

States Begin Tapping Medicaid Dollars to Combat Gun Violence

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The Biden administration is allowing states to use money from the insurance program for low-income and disabled residents to pay for gun violence prevention. California and six other states have approved such spending, with more expected to follow.

Gun Violence Is a Plague. Could Medicaid Help?

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To tackle America鈥檚 gun problem, a growing number of states are allowing Medicaid dollars to fund community-based violence programs intended to stop shootings. The idea is to boost resources for violence prevention programs, which have been overwhelmed in some cities by a spike in violent crime since the covid-19 pandemic.  An infusion of reliable funding, […]

California Bans Controversial 鈥楨xcited Delirium鈥 Diagnosis

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California is the first state to ban the controversial diagnosis known as 鈥渆xcited delirium,鈥 which has been used increasingly to justify excessive force by law enforcement. A human rights advocate described the law, signed this week by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as a 鈥渨atershed moment鈥 in criminal justice.

Feds Say Hospitals That Redistribute Medicaid Money Violate Law

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Federal officials are trying to clamp down on private arrangements among some hospitals to pay themselves back for the Medicaid taxes they鈥檝e paid. State health officials and the influential hospital industry argue that regulators have no jurisdiction over the agreements.

Industry Groups in California Vie for New Medicaid Money

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State officials have promised to boost funding for California鈥檚 Medicaid program by $11.1 billion starting next year, with most of that money earmarked for higher payments to doctors, hospitals, and other providers. But the details have yet to be worked out, and powerful health industry groups are jockeying for position.