Health Care

Stories about health care, long and short, told on the state and federal levels.

“What Happened Here” series:


“To mandate or not to mandate? Small business owners grapple with employee vaccinations” | The Nevada Independent | Sept. 12, 2021

“Families face agonizing dilemmas over keeping kids safe amid pandemic resurgence” | The Nevada Independent | Aug. 22, 2021

“Masks offer ‘bridge to vaccination’ as Delta variant-fueled case surge fills hospitals with the unvaccinated” | The Nevada Independent | Aug. 1, 2021

“As the Delta Variant surges in Nevada, the young and unvaccinated bear the brunt” | The Nevada Independent | July 11, 2021

“In new phase of the immunization effort, community groups take a grassroots approach to getting out the vaccine” | The Nevada Independent | May 9, 2021

“Faces of COVID: Nevadans share stories of life, love and loss in the time of coronavirus” | The Nevada Independent | Dec. 20, 2020

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: How rural Nevada is grappling with COVID-19” | The Nevada Independent | Dec. 13, 2020

“Six months into pandemic, hospital workers recover from ‘hopelessness’ of the COVID-19 surge this summer, set their sights on fall” | The Nevada Independent | Sept. 20, 2020

“Amid crush of COVID-19 cases in July, patients waited days to weeks for test results, contact tracing calls” | The Nevada Independent | Aug. 16, 2020

“Isolated but not alone: Window visits, video calls become new normal for nursing home residents” | The Nevada Independent | June 6, 2020

“Public health experts caution not enough resources to test, trace COVID-19 patients as Nevada eyes reopening economy” | The Nevada Independent | April 21, 2020

“Calm before the storm: Nevada hospital workers grapple with mask shortages, staying safe as coronavirus cases grow” | The Nevada Independent | April 3, 2020

“Local health districts grapple with coronavirus after years of ‘whack-a-mole’ public health funding” | The Nevada Independent | March 29, 2020

“Between life and death, patients left with little choice on air ambulance costs in rural Nevada” | The Nevada Independent | Oct. 6, 2019

“‘I need a superman for me’: Homeless home care worker advocates for better working conditions, a living wage” | The Nevada Independent | July 21, 2019

“Tribal, rural communities face off against dentists in debate over creating mid-level dental provider” | The Nevada Independent | May 5, 2019

“In the boomtown that never went bust, retirees face barriers accessing primary care” | The Nevada Independent | April 8, 2018

“An ‘ugly’ process: Sheriffs, hospitals shoulder burden of crisis mental health care in rural Nevada” | The Nevada Independent | March 11, 2018

“With physician shortages in Nevada, Medicaid patients feel acute pain of long wait times” | The Nevada Independent | July 23, 2017

“A brief history of Medicaid and the people who depend on it” | The Nevada Independent | July 9, 2017

Data projects:

“Coronavirus in Nevada” data page | The Nevada Independent | June 25, 2020 — present

“Coronavirus Contextualized” | The Nevada Independent | April 1, 2020 — present

Shorter reads:

“As nursing homes remain closed to the outside, ombudsman’s office grapples with addressing complaints from afar” | The Nevada Independent | June 15, 2020

“Facing lack of protective gear, dental hygienists want more guidance from state, federal government before returning to work” | The Nevada Independent | May 16, 2020

“Coronavirus in Humboldt: How a small, rural county ended up with the second-most cases per capita in Nevada” | The Nevada Independent | April 8, 2020

“New Trump administration rules could worsen access to family planning services in rural, urban Nevada” | The Nevada Independent | Aug. 21, 2019

“Bucking recent trends, Sisolak signs bills decriminalizing abortion, expanding access to family planning into law” | The Nevada Independent | May 31, 2019

“After bitter 2017 session, pharmaceutical companies host lawmakers in Napa, double down on campaign contributions” | The Nevada Independent | Feb. 20, 2019

“Opioids in Nevada: How one new law attempts to address the epidemic and why some doctors are pushing back” | The Nevada Independent | Jan. 14, 2018

“Nevada teen pregnancy prevention programs grapple with uncertain future as federal funds dry up two years early” | The Nevada Independent | Nov. 12, 2017