Health Care

The Denka Performance Elastomer Plant sits at sunset in Reserve, La., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

US demands chemical plant immediately reduce cancer-causing emissions

Department of Justice officials filed a motion to order a company to immediately reduce harmful emissions of chloroprene, a likely carcinogen.

 | Scripps News Staff

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at an event.

California to manufacture its own insulin, cap cost at $30

California has partnered with a manufacturer to produce insulin that is expected to save residents hundreds of dollars every month.

 | Scripps News Staff

Man walks down a hospital hallway following a "patient financial services" sign

How to shop for new insurance if you lose Medicaid coverage

States will start cutting people from Medicaid when they no longer qualify based on income, a process that was paused in the pandemic.

 | AP

Vial of Lantus insulin.

Sanofi is the latest insulin maker to announce price cap

Sanofi joins Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk to cap insulin prices. President Joe Biden still wants Congress to enact limits.

 | Justin Boggs

Protesters stand outside of the Senate chamber at the Indiana Statehouse.

States want to ban gender-affirming care. What is that, exactly?

The transgender community say new laws are attacking their human rights to health care even as top medical organizations support the care.

 | Scripps News Staff

Women's sanitary products on sale at a small pharmacy.

New Mexico will offer free feminine hygiene products in school

The bill would require public schools to offer free feminine hygiene products in women's, men's and gender-neutral bathrooms.

 | Scripps News Staff

File photo of pharmacy

27 prescription drugs will now cost less for Medicare recipients

The rebate program begins in April and can save Medicare recipients anywhere from $2 to $390.

 | Justin Boggs

FDA-cleared OtoSet Ear Cleaning System.

First FDA-cleared automated ear cleaner could become widely used

An FDA-cleared automated ear cleaning system looks like a pair of headphones, and could become a widely used part of more automated health care.

 | Douglas Jones

Junior doctors in London hold signs as they strike for better pay.

Tens of thousands of UK doctors launch 3-day strike over pay dispute

The British Medical Association said new doctors earn around $17 an hour and pay has fallen 26% since 2008, taking inflation into account.

 | Gage Jackson

A mug with text saying "I will survive"

Telehealth improves access to rural sexual assault nurse examiners

With advanced technology, a program called TeleSANE is helping offer sexual assault nurse services in areas with limited access to care.

 | Elizabeth Ruiz

Emergency defibrillator

Elite athletes with heart defect face minimal risks, study finds

A study followed 78 top athletes for seven years to determine whether they faced any adverse effects from their condition.

 | Scripps News Staff

President Joe Biden

Biden wants to raise Medicare taxes for some Americans

Most Americans split a 2.9% Medicare tax with their employer. Under President Biden's plan, some Americans could pay up to 5%.

 | Justin Boggs

A nurse prepares for a COVID-19 test.

Study: Nurses are exhausted, and many want to leave their jobs

A recent American Nurses Foundation study found nurses are tired of current working conditions and thinking of leaving the job amid the shortage.

 | Axel Turcios

Eli Lilly headquarters.

Eli Lilly to cut insulin prices by 70%, cap monthly cost at $35

Some lawmakers have pushed for insulin prices to be capped. Eli Lilly said on Wednesday it will do so voluntarily.

 | Scripps News Staff

Doctor writing on paper and typing on a calculator.

Americans cite high costs as barrier to getting health care

If you were hit with a sudden medical bill, what could you afford? For many Americans, $249 is the limit.

 | Scripps News Staff

Image of an at-home COVID test

FDA authorizes first at-home flu, COVID-19 joint test

The Lucira COVID-19 & Flu Home Test is a nasal swab test. Results are given within 30 minutes.

 | Scripps News Staff

President George W. Bush giving a speech in 2003.

U.S. policy marks 20 years of success reducing AIDS deaths in Africa

PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, was proposed and enacted by former President George W. Bush in 2003.

 | Joe St. George

Two nurses work inside a hospital room.

Report: Health care spending is up, Americans are dying younger

A public health expert says the U.S. needs to spend money on health care that helps American lifespans.

 | Chloe Nordquist

Nurses stand on the picket line in London.

UK nurses, ambulance crews strike, straining health system

Unions are seeking a pay raise for the current year, but the government says it will only talk about the year ahead.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Application for health insurance documents.

Millions expected to lose Medicaid coverage this spring

Here are some ways you can stay ahead of the process.

 | Jessie Cohen

An oncologist speaks with a patient.

What does it cost to have cancer?

An oncologist and parents of kids with cancer share how the costs of treatment can hinder or even completely prevent a patient from getting care.

 | Meg Hilling

A doctor looks at a shelf of prescription drugs.

Life-saving drugs cost thousands in the US. Can laws change that?

Prescription drugs are often priced higher in the U.S. than in other countries, but there is legislation that aims to cut costs.

 | Scripps News Staff

A heading shows the World Health Organization's COVID-19 literature.

WHO says COVID remains an emergency but is in transition

The World Health Organization said there is still uncertainty in COVID-19's future, but the virus is at a "transition point."

 | Scripps News Staff

Nurses hold signs during a strike.

Though NYC nurses reached deal, issues persist in hospitals nationwide

The New York City nurses strike highlighted staffing and working conditions issues in hospitals across the country.

 | Alexandra Miller

packages of the medicine Tamiflu by Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche are seen in Stuttgart, southern Germany.

Explaining The Current Medication Shortages

Millions of Americans are struggling to get their hands on much-needed medication.

 | Emily Grossberg and Lindsey Theis

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., speaks during a news conference on the omnibus budget bill.

Millions To Lose Medicaid Coverage Under Congress' Spending Bill

The legislation will sunset a requirement of the COVID-19 public health emergency that prohibited states from booting people off Medicaid.

 | AP

President Joe Biden.

White House Reveals Winter COVID-19 Plans, More Free Tests

COVID-19 cases have shown a marked increase after the Thanksgiving holiday.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A sign in front of the Food and Drug Administration building.

Speedier Drug Approvals Hit Slowdown As FDA Faces Scrutiny

The FDA's drug center has granted 10 accelerated approvals — fewer than the tally in each of the last five years.

 | AP

A nurse talks to a patient in a hospital emergency room.

Hospitals Are Now Required To Post Costs Online, But Most Haven't

The 2021 Price Transparency Rule requires hospitals to make procedure costs available online, but many haven't fallen in line.

 | Amber Strong

The condom display at Chimes pharmacy in Berkeley, Calif

Why Are Sexually Transmitted Infections On The Rise?

The CDC made headlines this fall after warning cases of some sexually transmitted infections are at their highest levels in decades.

 | Lindsey Theis