Health and Public Safety

The death toll from blocking Medicaid expansion

January 30, 2014 - A new study tallies the impacts of states' refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act -- including the number of people expected to die as a result. The death toll is particularly heavy in the South, where most states are blocking expansion.

Alabama oil train disaster met with official neglect

January 21, 2014 - Incidents including a train derailment that led to a major crude spill near Aliceville, Ala. have federal regulators talking about improving oil train safety. But regulators also need to address the need for better cleanup efforts in places like Aliceville, where spilled oil continues to contaminate wetlands two months later.

Art Pope think tank behind campaign to discredit and defund Medicaid

December 17, 2013 - The Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank founded and bankrolled by N.C. budget director Art Pope, sought funding to portray the Medicaid program as "failed" and to urge funding cuts, according to leaked documents obtained by The Guardian. The effort comes as the McCrory administration wants to privatize management of the public health insurance program for the poor and disabled.