Access to healthcare

Answering Your Questions About Health Care Costs: A Conversation

Feb 26, 2020
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Members of our Indiana 2020 Two-Way texting group told us they wanted to know more about health care costs, what’s being done to address them, and why the system is the way it is. 

Side Effects has been picked to join other public radio collaborations in America Amplified - Election 2020, a national initiative designed to produce innovative reporting by listening to community concerns.  

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A wide range of healthcare issues drew headlines in 2019, affecting the lives of millions of Americans. Here are some highlights from Side Effects Public Media's coverage across the Midwest:

Vaping. In the second half of the year, this crisis exploded onto America's consciousness. 

Why This Free Health Clinic Is Pushing To Expand Medicaid

Dec 26, 2019
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On a chilly afternoon, Terry Cox has come to Mountain View, Mo., to see a dentist. He’s waiting on a bench outside a converted rectory.

“Came to get a tooth check and see what they got to do to it," Cox says. "Maybe get ‘em all out.”

The 56-year-old works in northern Arkansas, and drove an hour and a half to the Good Samaritan Care Clinic.

Natalie Krebs, Side Effects Public Media

Across the country, nearly 95,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. And the list has been growing for years. That's pushed some people to try unusual ways to find donors.

Why Rural Hospitals Keep Closing Maternity Wards

Sep 30, 2019
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Jessica Sheridan’s plan was to have her first daughter at the local hospital, five minutes from her house in Iowa Falls.

But when she was seven months pregnant, that plan suddenly changed.

Photo by Carter Barrett/Side Effects Public Media.

Indiana's Commission on Improving the Status of Children met Wednesday morning to discuss a wide range of issues, including suicide prevention.