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While older people represent the lion’s share of overall health care costs, people under 25 are propelling a slow and steady rise in mental health and addiction spending, according to a report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Why it matters: Employers face an increasingly tough balancing act: They know robust mental health benefits …

Data: Our World In Data, Johns Hopkins University; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios Long COVID is emerging as the next phase of the global health crisis, afflicting millions of people with neurological issues, cognitive difficulties, breathing problems and organ damage months after they fell ill. It’s also testing already overtaxed health systems with waves of chronic illness …

Eight out of 10 teenagers expect climate change and other environmental forces to affect big decisions like where they live and whether to have children, according to a new survey shared first with Axios. Driving the news: The survey by youth development group 4-H and Harris Poll found that just 45% of teenagers age 13-19 …