NCSL Health Programs Overview
State governments play substantial roles in health care, health promotion and disease prevention, including that of purchaser, guardian of the public’s health, access broker, safety net provider, regulator and educator. State government also serves as the overseer of the entire health system; no other state entity plays that key role.
Health Policy Topics
NCSL's health programs cover dozens of health policy topics, including the broad categories of access and reform, finance and cost containment, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, health information technology, health insurance, long-term care, maternal and child health, Medicaid, mental health, physical activity and nutrition, prescription drugs, primary care, public health and wellness, substance abuse, provider and workforce issues.
Our Health Services and Resources
NCSL provides a range of services and resources about pressing health policy issues facing the nation to state legislators and legislative staff.
NCSL staff are available to:
Respond to your requests for information
Provide you with the latest policy information at www.ncsl.org
Send you publications ranging from postcards to issue briefs to books to NCSL's award-winning State Legislatures magazine to our on-line Health Reform: State Actoin News newsletter
Track legislation across the country and in our nation's capital
Monitor federal activities and alert states to issues of interest
Invite you to attend educational meetings and seminars
Come to your state to provide technical assistance
Distribute information on a variety of e-mail based list-serves.
NCSL Programs and Offices
NCSL has an extensive commitment of staff and resources focused on health policy issues, based both in the Denver office and the D.C. office. These programs include:
The Health Program (Denver office)
The Health Program staff provide a wide range of activities in coordination with legislators’ priorities and in-depth projects on primary care, maternal and child health, chronic care and prevention, health costs, insurance, pharmaceuticals and scope of practice. A alphabetical directory ofspecific topics and staff is online.
Martha King, Group Director
Health Policy Federal Affairs (D.C. office)
The health federal affairs staff represents state legislatures on the full range of federal issues in Washington, D.C. They provide regular alerts on key health developments at federal agencies, Congress and the White House. Their News of Health Reform Activity in the Federal Government is online.
Joy Johnson Wilson, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel; Health Policy Director
Standing Committee on Health (Denver and D.C. offices)
The Committee is composed of legislators and legislative staff from among the 50 states, districts and territories, appointed by leadership. Committee members meet during the year to debate and decide on federal policy matters and plan issue forums and sessions. Some members also provide guidance on selected projects and publications. The next meeting is May 2-4, 2013 in Denver. The Committee has an online web section.
Martha King and Joy Johnson Wilson, Health Committee Staff
NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation (Denver and D.C. offices)
This special Task Force was established by the Executive Committee in 2010, to provide a forum for discussion and education on state responses to the fedeal Affordable Care Act. The Task Force has held five meetings in Phoenix, Arizona, Washington, D.C. The next meeting is May 4, 2013 in Denver. The Task Force presentations and resources are online.
Richard Cauchi and Joy Johnson Wilson, Task Force Staff
To submit a question to NCSL's Health Staff, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 2013 a significant number of health issues are priorities for state legislators and for NCSL projects. For easy web navigation, use the 12 Tabs on this page and the A-to-Z option at the top-right to select the specific topics of interest to you.
Updated April 2013