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Expanding Access to Care for Rural Residents Via Telehealth

Did you know that 113 million Americans lack access to appropriate mental health services? In fact, as of November 2019, 61 percent of mental health professional shortage areas—a designation that indicates health care provider shortages—are in rural areas.

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NCSL’s Immunization Policy Resources Are a Real Shot in the Arm

NCSL has been producing and stockpiling immunization resources to protect you from contracting uncertainty about state immunization policy.

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New CDC Report: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Could Reduce Leading Causes of Death

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are linked to 14 negative health and social outcomes in adulthood, such as depression, asthma, unemployment, and other issues, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The federal and state health insurance marketplaces have been open and ready for business since Nov. 1. Despite the pending federal appeals court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans will shop for ACA health plans through HealthCare.gov and the state exchanges during open enrollment.

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Reinsurance 101: Mitigating Risk Selection and Costs in Health Insurance

Nov. 1 marked the beginning of the 2020 open enrollment period for marketplace insurance. With the cost of health care continuing to rise, premiums will be on the forefront of many consumers’ minds as they compare available marketplace plans.

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Policy Leaders Convene to Discuss Infectious Disease Consequences of the Opioid Crisis

States battling against opioid use disorder received welcome news in 2019, including preliminary data suggesting deaths by overdose related to opioids are finally leveling off.

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Medicaid Innovation, Opportunities Highlighted at Legislative Summit Session

Medicaid continues to consume a significant portion of state budgets, challenging state policymakers to anticipate and control costs. NCSL facilitated an engaging discussion on Medicaid innovations at the Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

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What’s New From Children and Families? September 2019

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, family economic security, housing and homelessness.

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Older Adult Falls: A Growing Health Concern

Preventing elderly falls has become increasingly important as the prevalence of fall-related injuries and fatalities grows. Between 2000 and 2016, the total number of deaths from falls among adults aged 75 and older nearly tripled from 8,613 to 25,189.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, shining a spotlight on the more than 15,000 cases of pediatric cancer diagnosed in people younger than 20 in the United States each year.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.