Health Care

Women holding a banner in march against U.S. Supreme Court 2022 abortion decision.

This International Women’s Day, U.S. anti-abortion laws violate human rights, groups say

BY: - March 8, 2023

Ahead of International Women’s Day, hundreds of U.S. and global human rights groups, doctors, and attorneys asked the United Nations to intervene on behalf of the millions of women in the U.S. who have been left without access to legal abortion and vital forms of reproductive health care in the wake of last summer’s U.S. […]

Arkansas House committee rejects abortion exemption for fatal prenatal conditions

BY: - March 7, 2023

An Arkansas legislative panel on Tuesday rejected a new exemption to the state’s abortion ban for cases of fetal abnormalities “incompatible with life.” Rep. Nicole Clowney (D-Fayetteville) said her House Bill 1301 would allow physicians to induce labor in rare cases when a fetus has a condition that prevents living beyond a few hours after […]

The corridor of an empty mental hospital.

Arkansas psychiatrist suspected of fraud steps down from chairman position on medical board

BY: - March 2, 2023

Dr. Brian Hyatt, suspended from Medicaid and under investigation for health care fraud, has resigned as chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board. In a special meeting Thursday, the board voted to accept Hyatt’s resignation but allow him to remain on the board as a non-executive member. Vice Chairman Dr. Rhys Branman, a Little Rock […]

Remaining abortion clinics face more challenges if abortion pill limited by Texas judge

BY: - March 2, 2023

JACKSON, MISS. The Pink House — otherwise known as Jackson Women’s Health Organization — was the center of the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the federal right to abortion in June. Today, the clinic, the only abortion clinic to serve Mississippi and the greater area for years, is shuttered. On a hot day in […]

The corridor of an empty mental hospital.

Arkansas Medical Board chairman suspended from state Medicaid program

BY: - February 28, 2023

This is a developing story that was last updated at 3 p.m. Friday, March, 2023. The chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board has been suspended from the Arkansas Medicaid Program and is under investigation for Medicaid and Medicare fraud.  State health officials suspended all Medicaid payments to Board Chairman Dr. Brian Hyatt on Friday […]

A doctor prescribes medical marijuana with a bottle of capsules and a cannabis bud in foregroud.

Patient sues Arkansas medical marijuana growers, lab over alleged THC inflation

BY: - February 27, 2023

A new civil lawsuit accuses Arkansas’ largest cannabis testing lab of conspiring with medical marijuana cultivators to inflate the amount of THC in certain products. An elderly, chronic pain patient targets cultivators BOLD Team, Osage Creek Cultivation and Natural State Medicinals as well as Steep Hill testing lab in the litigation.  The complaint filed Thursday […]

Worried pregnant woman communicating with her female gynecologist during a visit in the office.

Doctors recount ‘heart-wrenching’ stories in new study on medical care post-Roe  

BY: - February 24, 2023

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) are trying to piece together how the end of Roe v. Wade has so far transformed pregnancy-related medical care in America, and the yet-to-be-released preliminary data are alarming, the lead principal investigator told States Newsroom in an exclusive interview.  The team has already received dozens of […]

Democratic governors in 20 states form reproductive rights alliance

BY: - February 22, 2023

Democratic governors from 20 states across the U.S., led by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have formed a Reproductive Freedom Alliance to safeguard and improve abortion and reproductive health care access “in the face of an unprecedented assault by states hostile to abortion rights,” according to a joint statement. The announcement represents another divide in the […]

Arkansas Senate approves bill allowing malpractice suits for transgender minors’ health care

BY: - February 21, 2023

A proposed law that would allow medical malpractice lawsuits against Arkansas doctors who provide gender-affirming care to transgender minors passed the Senate on Tuesday with a party-line vote and will go to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 199 would create civil liability for a doctor who “performs a gender transition procedure on a minor […]

Rural hospitals gird for unwinding of pandemic Medicaid coverage

BY: - February 20, 2023

Donald Lloyd, CEO and president of St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, Kentucky, has spent more than a year dealing with higher costs for food and medical supplies for his regional hospital. Now he’s trying to prepare for another financial hit — the loss of Medicaid reimbursements for treating people in rural Appalachia. “We are all […]

23 AGs praise pharmacies for decision to sell abortion pills

BY: - February 16, 2023

A group of 23 state attorneys general have written to CVS and Walgreens, expressing their support for the sale of two abortion pills by mail. The drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, require a prescription but are considered safe for performing an abortion at home. The pharmacies’ decision will provide millions of people access to the critical […]

Sanders: Arkansas will seek federal OK for new Medicaid work requirement

BY: - February 15, 2023

This story was updated at 10:40 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2023. Arkansas is seeking a waiver from the federal government in order to require adult Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer, go to school or receive workforce training in order to receive certain health care coverage, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Human Services Secretary Kristi Putnam […]