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Map: The healthiest (and unhealthiest) states, according to the Commonwealth Fund

June 17, 2019


The Commonwealth Fund on Wednesday released its 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which ranks all 50 states on key measures of health.

Can medical marijuana reduce fatal opioid overdoses? Maybe not.

June 13, 2019


A study published Monday casts doubt on claims that medical marijuana legalization could reduce opioid-related overdose deaths by giving patients an alternative pain treatment.

Opioid suits lead Insys to file for bankruptcy—and other drugmakers could follow

June 12, 2019


Insys Therapeutics on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just days after the drugmaker agreed to pay $225 million to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to physicians to encourage them to prescribe its highly addictive opioid—and some observers say similar allegations could cause other drugmakers to follow Insys' lead.

'A living nightmare': One nurse's battle against her own addiction to opioids

May 31, 2019


Tiffany Swedeen nearly lost her job as a nurse after she was discovered stealing opioids from her hospital, but now, years after going through recovery, she is back at work—and hoping to serve as an example for other health care professionals dealing with substance use disorders.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces presidential run. Here's where he stands on health care.

May 16, 2019


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Thursday announced he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and touted his plan to implement universal health coverage in the city.

3 key lessons about US health care, according to this journalist

May 13, 2019


Sarah Kliff has been reporting on health care for years, but over the past year, she has interacted with the health care system more than she ever has before—and it left here with three "important" lessons.

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