Health Reporter & Coordinating Producer for Polling
Laura Santhanam is a Washington D.C.-based health reporter and coordinating producer for polling for PBS NewsHour, and a 2023 Senior Fellow for the Center for Health Journalism’s National Fellowship. An award-winning journalist, she uses narrative and numbers to tell stories. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Arizona Republic and as a media analyst at Pew Research Center. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in public policy from American University. She was a Center for Health Journalism 2022 National Fellow.
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A win for Medicaid expansion in South Dakota is a victory for public health, policy experts say, but now comes the work of ensuring the people who are eligible actually get enrolled.
On Election Day, South Dakotans will have the option on their ballot to expand Medicaid coverage.
Across the state, 16,000 adults are uninsured because they can’t afford private coverage, but their incomes disqualify them from Medicaid.
A new state poll finds that supporters currently outweigh the opposition, but a large percentage have not made up their minds.
A new reporting project explores how far politics goes in separating the health of a pregnant person from that of the fetus they carry.