The New York Times – Already ‘moderately severe,’ flu season in U.S. could get worse

This winter’s flu season is turning into a “moderately severe” one that might get worse because of an imperfect vaccine and steady cold weather, flu experts and public health officials said this week.

The Washington Post – Extreme hurricanes and wildfires made 2017 the most costly U.S. disaster year on record

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters in the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday.

Vox – Congress let CHIP’s funding expire 101 days ago, and it’s a national disgrace

States are having very real discussions about the possibility that the 20-year-old program will shut down. If it does, the kids on CHIP don’t have a safety net. The CHIP program is their safety net. Time is running out, and Congress is doing nothing.

Bloomberg – A baby girl, ready to go home, is still in the hospital 400 days later

Hospitals are far more expensive than home nursing, but the U.S. has no comprehensive system to finance it. Parents can go bankrupt trying to take their kids home.