The Workaround: A New Video Series

The Workaround: A Video Series

A deeper look at how everyday people work around the American health care system.

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When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Daniel as a toddler, they did not plan to give him back to the state of Illinois 10 years later.

For Many College Students, Hunger 'Makes It Hard To Focus'

Jul 31, 2018

As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students in recent published studies say they either are not getting enough to eat or are worried about it.

It's hard enough for employers to find workers to fill open jobs these days, but on top of it, many prospective hires are failing drug tests.

The Belden electric wire factory in Richmond, Ind., is taking a novel approach to both problems: It now offers drug treatment, paid for by the company, to job applicants who fail the drug screen. Those who complete treatment are also promised a job.

1,400 Nursing Homes Get Lower Medicare Ratings Because Of Staffing Concerns

Jul 30, 2018
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Medicare has lowered its star ratings for staffing levels in 1 in 11 of the nation’s nursing homes — almost 1,400 of them — because they either had inadequate numbers of registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data that proved they had the required nursing coverage, federal records released last week show.

Medicare only recently began collecting and publishing payroll data on the staffing of nursing homes as required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, rather than relying as it had before on the nursing homes’ own unverified reports.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the Statewide Opioid Summit in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
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The Statewide Opioid Summit focused on the intersection of addiction and the justice systemand highlighted Medication-Assisted Treatment.

Déjà Voodoo: Pharma’s Promises To Curb Drug Prices Have Been Heard Before

Jul 25, 2018
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Prescription drug prices were soaring. Angry policymakers swore they’d take action. Pharma giant Merck responded by promising to address the problem voluntarily, vowing to keep price increases under the overall rate of inflation.

“We believe these moderate increases are a responsible approach, which will help to contain costs,” the Merck CEO said at the annual shareholders meeting.

That assurance wasn’t made last week, when multiple drug companies offered similar pledges amid similar criticism. It was nearly three decades ago, in 1990.

Editor's note: This story was updated on July 25 to include additional information about the length of time a tick must be attached to transmit Lyme disease bacteria.

So you've found a tick, and it's sucking your blood.

After an initial wave of revulsion, you carefully remove it with a pair of tweezers. Now you're probably wondering: What's the chance I have Lyme disease?

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Nearly one in five Hoosier children doesn't have regular access to healthy food.

At Richmond Community Schools in Wayne County, enough students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches that the entire school gets two free meals every school day. For many students, this means a day off school is a day without breakfast and lunch.

"When we have snow delays or no school, it breaks my heart to think of the kids who don’t get to eat that day," said Bridget Hazelbaker, communication coordinator for Richland Community Schools.

Study: Paternal Depression May Be More Common

Jul 24, 2018

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers found a higher than expected number of fathers may have postpartum depression.

Not 'Just A Phase': Growing Up With Gender Dysphoria

Jul 24, 2018
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The transition from youth to adolescence can be anxiety-inducing, navigating the physical changes and social pressures to fit in.

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The Workaround

The Workaround: A New Podcast From Side Effects Public Media

These are stories of the difficult and sometimes shocking things people do to work around the American health care system.

On The Front Lines Of A Drug Crisis: A Video Series

On The Front Lines Of A Drug Crisis: A New Video Series

The opioid addiction crisis is often reported on in desperate terms. But, to the people working on the frontlines of the problem, there are known and proven approaches that can help.