It’s time for Congress to take an evidence-based and public health focused approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses. Opioid overdose is an epidemic in the United States. Drug overdose death rates have more than tripled since 1990, with the vast majority of these deaths attributable to an increase in the prescription and sale of

A youth advisory committee for the Department of Health and Human Services has the potential to reduce the costs of chronic disease for generations to come. In the United States, chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity are among the most common, costly, and preventable of health problems. Half of all adults

Emily Cerciello, Emerging Fellow for Health Care for 2014-2015 and UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 2015, details why North Carolina should expand Medicaid in order to cover to mentally ill residents. New Medicaid expansion enrollees are more likely to have high rates of mental illness, with estimates showing rates of nearly 25 percent among such enrollees in Delaware,

Hospitals are buying private physician practices left and right, and state attorneys general should consider whether such mega-providers violate anti-trust laws. In 2002, only 22 percent of private physician practices were owned by hospitals. Today, this number has climbed to more than 50 percent, and 75 percent of newly hired physicians are entering the workforce

It is likely that Ebola will be contained in the United States, but errors in Texas show we have room for improvement in responding to public health emergencies. On October 15, the second case of Ebola transmitted in the United States was confirmed in Texas between patient Thomas Eric Duncan and a health worker. Even more frightening,

The Affordable Care Act could force the U.S. to expand community health programs, and that would be good for patients. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals will be penalized if Medicare patients are readmitted within a month for several illnesses, including heart attacks and pneumonia, and private insurers are likely to

As part of the “Millennial Priorities for the First 100 Days” series, a call for President Obama to finish the health care overhaul he began with the Affordable Care Act. While the principle focus of this year’s presidential campaign was clearly the economy, the election carried more profound implications for the future of American health

Shifting health care costs onto seniors will break a social compact that all Americans rely on. With Election Day finally in sight, the last few weeks have been brimming with slogans, speeches, and sound bites. But while Republicans and Democrats are working from a similar playbook, there’s a gaping chasm between their competing visions of