Health Care

Arkansas Women's Commission chair Alison Williams speaks at a press conference

Child care access a barrier to women’s workforce participation in Arkansas, study finds

BY: - December 7, 2022

Access to quality child care and health services are challenges facing Arkansas women, according to a study by the Arkansas Commission on the Status of Women.  The 19-member commission formally presented its final report to Gov. Asa Hutchinson Wednesday. It was the first report produced by the group in nearly half a century. The challenge […]

A resident of a Chicago area senior center gets an influenza vaccine during an event hosted by the Chicago Department of Health. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Congress on track to scrap Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in defense bill

BY: - December 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. military would no longer be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine under a proposal Congress could pass as soon as this week.  The provision eliminating the vaccine mandate is tucked into the massive National Defense Authorization Act, the annual defense policy bill that Congress has passed each year for […]


Twitter’s decision to stop enforcing COVID-19 misinformation policy is irresponsible, dangerous

BY: - December 6, 2022

Twitter recently made the irresponsible decision to stop enforcing its policy against COVID-19 misinformation. This decision is especially disappointing in light of Twitter’s formerly laudable efforts to protect its users from health misinformation. In a 2021 report, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy cited Twitter as an example of a social media platform that had made […]

A pharmacy technician in Miami, Florida, fills prescriptions. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients

BY: - December 5, 2022

This story was updated at 4:55 p.m., Dec. 5, 2022, to reflect a correction.* Starting next month, a $35 cap on insulin prices will go into effect for millions of Medicare recipients. The lower pricing is one of the first of several policy measures Americans will see in the coming months and years under the […]

Arkansas Supreme Court stops revocation of medical marijuana cultivation permit for now

BY: - December 2, 2022

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday granted a Fort Smith medical marijuana cultivator’s request to pause the state’s decision to revoke its growing license. The court agreed to expedite its review of an appeal from River Valley Relief Cultivation after a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled that its license should be stripped and regulators took […]

Arkansas ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth awaits court ruling

BY: - December 1, 2022

*This story was updated at 6:25 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, with additional details from Thursday’s testimony. Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming health care for transgender minors awaits a decision from a federal judge after the defense rested its case Thursday. The proceedings lasted eight days, four in October and four in November, as the […]

Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership offers funding opportunities for mitigation programs

BY: - December 1, 2022

Overdose deaths are increasing in Arkansas and despite efforts to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic, recovery and support services are not always available in the communities that need them most. Exodus.Life executive director Myra Woolfolk hopes to change that with support from the Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership, which is offering $16 million for programs […]

“Detransitioned” adults defend Arkansas ban on gender-affirming care for minors

BY: - November 30, 2022

Two individuals who “detransitioned,” or lived as transgender but now live as their gender assigned at birth, testified in favor of the Arkansas law banning gender-affirming health care for transgender minors Wednesday in federal court. Plaintiffs’ attorney Aviv Halpern asked Laura Perry Smalts of Oklahoma City if she was assigned female at birth. “I was […]

Judge, attorneys scrutinize witness expertise in trial on Arkansas transgender law

BY: - November 29, 2022

A federal judge and plaintiffs’ attorneys expressed frustration at testimony Tuesday from defense witnesses in the ongoing trial challenging Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors. A sociologist and a plastic surgeon, called by lawyers for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office in defense of the 2021 law, expressed doubts about the safety and effectiveness […]

Trial challenging Arkansas ban on gender-affirming care for minors resumes

BY: - November 28, 2022

The trial against Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming health care for transgender youth resumed Monday with the second witness for the defense, led by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office. Monday’s witness was Dr. Stephen Levine, an Ohio-based psychiatrist with a focus on sexual dysfunction and “transsexualism,” as transgender identity was called in the 1970s when his […]

Someone holds a COVID-19 vaccination record card.

UAMS professor tapped for $1.8 million project to address rural COVID vaccine hesitancy

BY: - November 28, 2022

A pharmacy professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was selected to be a principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health-funded project that will look at ways to address coronavirus vaccine hesitancy through rural, community pharmacies. Prof. Geoffrey M. Curran will work on the project, which “will examine sustainable ways to support […]

Various types of cannabis displayed at at a Las Vegas dispensary in 2017, just before recreational marijuana sales began there. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Arkansas will revoke Fort Smith medical marijuana grower’s license to comply with court order

BY: - November 28, 2022

Arkansas medical marijuana regulators will revoke a Fort Smith growing company’s cultivation license, the state’s chief marijuana enforcement officer decided Monday. After a nearly hour-long hearing, Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Doralee Chandler decided the agency should revoke River Valley Relief’s medical cannabis cultivation license to comply with a Pulaski County circuit judge’s decision. Earlier this […]