Samantha Young

Biden Wants Hospitals To Report Data on Gunshot Wounds

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The Biden administration is enlisting America鈥檚 doctors to help combat gun violence. About 160 health-care executives and officials have been invited to the White House today and Friday to promote public health solutions to the epidemic. A top priority, I鈥檓 told: The White House wants hospital emergency departments to collect more data about gunshot injuries […]

In Oregon, Medicaid Is Buying People Air Conditioners

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Oregon has started providing air conditioners, air purifiers and power banks to help some of its Medicaid recipients cope with soaring heat, smoky skies and other dangers of climate change. It鈥檚 a first-in-the-nation experiment that expands a Biden administration strategy to take Medicaid beyond traditional medical care and into the realm of social services. 鈥淐limate change is […]

Newsom Offers a Compromise to Protect Indoor Workers from Heat

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After rejecting proposed rules to protect millions of workers in sweltering warehouses, steamy kitchens, and other hot workplaces, California Gov. Gavin Newsom鈥檚 administration has offered a compromise to allow the protections to take effect this summer. But state and local correctional workers 鈥 and prisoners 鈥 would have to wait even longer.

Move to Protect California鈥檚 Indoor Workers From Heat Upended by Cost Questions

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A years-long process that would have created heat standards for California workers in warehouses, steamy kitchens, and other indoor job sites catapulted into chaos Thursday when Gov. Gavin Newsom鈥檚 administration pulled its support. Regulators, saying they felt 鈥渂lindsided,鈥 approved the regulation anyway. It鈥檚 unclear what happens next.

Biden鈥檚 Got a Taker for One of His Gun Safety Proposals: California

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California could give President Biden a political win this year on gun violence. State senators passed sweeping legislation in January that would toughen gun storage requirements, embracing a White House priority that has languished in Congress. Many states, including California, have laws in place requiring gun owners to securely store their firearms when children are […]

Climate Change Raises Pressure on Biden To Keep Workers Cooler

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With climate change posing rising threats to human health, the Biden administration is drafting federal rules to protect construction crews, warehouse workers, delivery drivers and the rest of America鈥檚 workforce from extreme heat. The regulatory effort has been years in the making, and its fate is far from certain. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration […]

States Begin Tapping Medicaid Dollars to Combat Gun Violence

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The Biden administration is allowing states to use money from the insurance program for low-income and disabled residents to pay for gun violence prevention. California and six other states have approved such spending, with more expected to follow.

Gun Violence Is a Plague. Could Medicaid Help?

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To tackle America鈥檚 gun problem, a growing number of states are allowing Medicaid dollars to fund community-based violence programs intended to stop shootings. The idea is to boost resources for violence prevention programs, which have been overwhelmed in some cities by a spike in violent crime since the covid-19 pandemic.  An infusion of reliable funding, […]