Camalot Todd

Camalot Todd

An award-winning, investigative and enterprise reporter, Camalot Todd has over seven years experience in print, digital, radio and TV journalism.

Friday Health Plans of Nevada coverage ends August 31

By: - July 28, 2023

Thousands of Nevadans who got their health insurance through Friday Health Plans of Nevada have until midnight on Aug. 31 to find a new policy. This comes after a Nevada court ordered the liquidation of the company by Sept. 1. Several states, including Nevada, placed the insurance company under receivership, a court proceeding similar to […]

Amid America’s culture war, Washoe County School District approves new sex-ed curriculum 

By: - July 27, 2023

The Washoe County School Board in a 5-2 vote passed an updated sexual education curriculum, but not before drawing criticism from conservatives taking issue with the inclusive and medically accurate language.  Trustees Jeff Church and Colleen Westlake voted against the curriculum, citing issues with lessons that use the phrases “boys and people with a penis” […]

Expanding telehealth still a priority for Nevada, even post-pandemic

By: - July 24, 2023

As the pandemic era wanes, Nevadans are pushing to keep the telehealth expansions permanent at the state and national levels. U.S. Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) last week introduced the bipartisan Strengthening Telehealth and Education for Rural Communities Act, which would reauthorize a pandemic-era grant program that provides funding to tribal and […]

Feds approve RSV shot after a rough season

By: - July 18, 2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved the first Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) drug, Beyfortus (nirsevimab-alip), for all infants and children up to 2 years old after a particularly rough RSV season in the nation and Nevada.  Surveillance for RSV showed “unusually high” incidences in Nevada this past season compared to the […]

Huntridge clinic reopens on a smaller scale

By: - July 14, 2023

The Huntridge Family Clinic, the largest LGBTQ+-centered medical clinic in Southern Nevada, reopens Monday, July 17 after it announced its temporary closure earlier this Spring when the clinic shuttered its doors after a decade because of increased staffing costs. “For 10 years we’ve had a history of providing low barrier care and trying to make […]

A year after behavioral health system’s launch, NV and the nation struggle with implementation

By: - July 14, 2023

Note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 988. Nevadans can reach services by calling, texting, or chatting online. To find mental and behavioral health services in Nevada, Last year, the national suicide lifeline shortened its number to three digits: 988, and along with that change launched a nationwide effort to create a comprehensive 24-hour, […]

Rural Nevada seeks more foster parents amid shortage

By: - June 30, 2023

Over the last 5 years, the total number of licensed foster homes in Nevada has decreased by 42%, from 2054 in 2018 to 1,184 in 2022, according to data from the Who Cares project which tracks the number of foster homes nationwide.  But while the number of licensed foster homes has decreased dramatically, the number […]

Nevadans urged to stay covered as pandemic emergency Medicaid winds down 

By: - June 26, 2023

Some Nevadans have started to lose Medicaid benefits with the end of a pandemic era expansion of coverage, and state agencies are trying to renew coverage for those who are eligible, or enroll those who aren’t in the state health insurance exchange. Last week officials with Nevada Health Link, the state’s public health care marketplace, […]

One-sixth of vetoes by Nevada governor were health care related

By: - June 23, 2023

Legislation lowering prescription drug costs, giving long-term substitute teachers insurance stipends, and protecting doctors who provide gender-affirming care all met Gov. Joe Lombardo’s veto stamp this legislative session. In all, 12 health care bills were among the 75 pieces of legislation the governor rejected. Chief among the health care bill vetoes was Senate Bill 419, […]

Fentanyl bill criminalizing possession follows fear, not science, critics warn

By: - June 16, 2023

A bill backed by Nevada Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford that criminalizes substance mistreatment also penalizes people for having substantially lower amounts of illegal substances than the felony thresholds in federal law. Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo signed the bill Friday.  Ford’s bill, SB 35, echoes a national trend of legislation criminalizing fentanyl use — reverting […]

Nevada lands near bottom of list ranking child well-being

By: - June 14, 2023

Nevada ranks 47th in child well-being among all states, only ahead of  Mississippi, Louisiana, and New Mexico, according to the 2023 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation analyzes household data from the previous four  years to assess how children and families are faring across the nation. The […]

Cost to Medicaid of prescription drugs more than doubles over 5 years, state report shows

By: - June 7, 2023

The amount spent on medications through Medicaid in Nevada increased 126% from 2017 to 2022, according to a state report on prescription drug pricing. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) annual Drug Transparency Report tracks drug manufacturer costs and profits, financial assistance and rebates for prescriptions, sales representatives’ compensation, Medicaid spending on […]