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Cities Know That the Way Police Respond to Mental Crisis Calls Must Change. But How?

 If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing “988,” or the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to...

In This Oklahoma Town, Most Everyone Knows Someone Who’s Been Sued by the Hospital

Written By: Mitchelle Black and Noam N. Levey (MCALESTER, Okla.) It took little more than an hour for Deborah Hackler to dispense with the tall stack of debt collection lawsuits that...

Women and Minorities Bear the Brunt of Medical Misdiagnosis

Written By: Liz Szabo (NATIONAL) Charity Watkins sensed something was deeply wrong when she experienced exhaustion after her daughter was born. Read this story on KFF Health News...

Hoping to Clear the Air in Casinos, Workers Seek to Ban Tobacco Smoke

Written By: Sandy West (NATIONAL) The instant Tammy Brady felt the lump in her breast in February 2022, she knew it was cancer. With no known genetic predisposition for breast cancer,...

Child Care Gaps in Rural America Threaten to Undercut Small Communities

Written By: Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez (NATIONAL) Candy Murnion remembers vividly the event that pushed her to open her first day care business in Jordan, a town of fewer than 400 residents...

Cancer Patients Face Frightening Delays in Treatment Approvals

Written By: Lauren Sausser (NATIONAL) Marine Corps veteran Ron Winters clearly recalls his doctor’s sobering assessment of his bladder cancer diagnosis in August 2022. Read this story...

‘I Am Just Waiting to Die’: Social Security Clawbacks Drive Some Into Homelessness

Written By: Fred Classen-Kelly (NATIONAL) More than a year after the federal government first cut off her disability benefits, Denise Woods drives nightly to strip malls, truck stops,...

Food Sovereignty Movement Sprouts as Bison Return to Indigenous Communities

Photo Credit: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez Montana State University Written By: Jim Robbins (BOZEMAN, Mont.) Behind American Indian Hall on the Montana State University campus, ancient life...

Many People of Color Worry Good Health Care Is Tied to Their Appearance

Written By: Colleen DeGuzman (NATIONAL) Many people from racial and ethnic minority groups brace themselves for insults and judgments before medical appointments, according to a new...

She Once Advised the President on Aging Issues. Now, She’s Battling Serious Disability and Depression.

 Written By: Judith Graham If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to...