Health Care

A nurse loads a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The State Of COVID And Public Health

In his State of the Union, the president will address a nation impacted by the pandemic, rising health costs and racial disparities.

 | Lindsey Theis

Woman showing signs of depression.

U.S. Mental Health Crisis: How The Pandemic Has Impacted The Youth

Both Democrat and Republican senators on the Finance Committee did signal support for doing something legislatively.

 | Scripps News Staff

Operating room at a woman's health clinic.

Abortions In Texas Fell 60% In 1st Month Under New Limits

The law bans abortion in Texas once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy.

 | AP

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Dropping Indoor Mask Mandate For Vaccinated People

The change goes into effect after Feb. 15, with Gov. Gavin Newsom citing a 65% drop in COVID-19 cases since the state's Omicron surge.

 | AP

President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response.

Biden Admin. To Double Free COVID-19 Tests, Distribute N95 Masks

President Biden also announced that 1,000 military medical personnel will begin deploying across the U.S. to help overwhelmed medical facilities.

 | AP

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Mandates COVID-19 Booster Shots For Health Care Workers

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the order Tuesday from his personal Twitter account.

 | Scripps News Staff

An emergency room entrance

An Overwhelming Amount Of Medical Debt Is Piling Up Across The Country

One rabbi and his temple raised more than $50,000 to relieve roughly $5 million in medical debt in the community.

 | Matt Pearl

Dr. Robert Califf

President Biden To Tap Robert Califf To Again Lead The FDA

Dr. Califf served as FDA commissioner for the last 11 months of President Barack Obama's second presidential term.

 | AP

President Joe Biden.

Biden Administration Responds To Injunction Blocking Vaccine Mandate

The administration says there is no reason to put a stop to the mandate, even while legal challenges against it have been filed in 27 states.

 | AP

A farmer

Rural Counties See Lower COVID Vaccination Rates, Higher Death Rates

The Delta surge stretched some rural hospitals where communities already faced health care challenges.

 | Haley Bull

Equipment sits in an exam room.

WEWS: What Happens To Telehealth Programs After COVID?

Ohio is weighing whether to make COVID-19 telehealth rule changes permanent.

 | Scripps News Cleveland

Empty hospital room.

KXXV: Rural Towns In Texas Are Losing Crucial Medical Care

A lack of resources has forced some rural hospitals to close down.

 | Scripps News Waco

The website

Nearly 3 Million Get Health Coverage During COVID-19 Sign-up

President Biden said an all-time high of 12.2 million people are now covered by the Affordable Care Act.

 | AP

OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.

Judge Set To Rule On Purdue Pharma's Opioid Settlement Plan

A judge is expected to rule today on whether to accept a settlement between the company and the states and governments that sued.

 | AP and Emily Grossberg

Person fills a syringe.

How Does The FDA Vaccine Approval Process Work?

Experts lay out the FDA vaccine approval process from sequence to study, application, clinical trials, and required 6-month safety monitoring period.


Man sits in a wheelchair with arm around woman.

WXYZ: COVID Survivors Concerned Over Cost Of Treating Ongoing Symptoms

Health insurers are starting to roll back cost-sharing waivers for COVID-19 treatments.


Doctor performs ultrasound

Bill Proposes Paid Leave After Pregnancy Loss, IVF Failures

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says early pregnancy loss occurs in about 10% of known pregnancies.

 | Amber Strong

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky

CDC Memo Reveals Troubling New Science On Delta Variant

A new CDC memo warns the Delta variant is as contagious as the chicken pox. It raises urgent new questions about what activities are safe.

 | Kellan Howell

Provider fills syringe with vaccine

FDA Aims To Fully Approve COVID Vaccines 'As Quickly As Possible'

Nearly 200 million Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but the FDA still hasn't given the shots full approval.

 | Kellan Howell

An empty dental office.

Will Medicare Be Expanded To Include Dental Benefits?

Democrats are pushing a spending package that includes vision, dental and hearing benefits for the first time.

 | Scripps

Woman wears a face mask as she serves herself from a buffet at a restaurant in Los Angeles

CDC Facing Questions Over Mask Guidance As Breakthrough Cases Rise

The CDC says its guidance on mask wearing has not changed, but experts are raising questions about masks as breakthrough cases rise.

 | Kellan Howell

Students play in a school orchestra

States, School Districts Seek More Clarity On Masking Requirements

The CDC says unvaccinated children age 2 and older should wear masks indoors, but school districts have a patchwork of masking requirements.

 | Kellan Howell

Pfizer Says Booster Shots Are Coming. Do Americans Need Them?

Pfizer says its vaccine loses effectiveness over time and is seeking approval for booster shots. U.S. regulators aren't convinced they're needed yet.

 | Kellan Howell

California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Universal Studios

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's Recall Election Set for Sept. 14

Newsom has steadied his public standing since the tumultuous depths of the pandemic, when his popularity declined.

 | AP

In this Nov. 4, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington.

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge To Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit by 18 states seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The court said the states lacked standing.

 | Simon Kaufman and AP

The Supreme Court building

Obamacare Survives Third Supreme Court Challenge

The Supreme Court again upheld Obamacare, a major victory for Democrats and what could be the final blow to any court challenges to the law.

 | Kellan Howell

Wyoming has less than 29% of its population vaccinated.

Why Wyoming Is Becoming The Most Vaccine-Hesitant State

Just 29% of the population is fully vaccinated. That's more than 10% below the national average.

 | Alexandra Miller

Rural Ambulances on the Brink of Collapse as Funds Plummet

Rural health care experts say large coverage areas, fewer patients are causing a funding crisis for emergency care.

Emergency room sign hangs in the hall.

WTVF: Tennessee Focuses On Rebuilding Rural Health Care

Tennessee lawmakers passed laws aimed at supporting health care initiatives in rural parts of the state.


Abortion rights advocates protest

Mississippi Abortion Law Case Is A Direct Challenge To Roe V. Wade

The Mississippi law at the center of the case is a near-total ban on abortion and one of many recently passed by state legislators.

 | Stephanie Sandoval and Amber Strong