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Health Reform: State Action Newsletters

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The most recent edition covers Medicaid expansion, exchanges and new federal rules, among other topics, View the newsletter and all archive editions.

View the new "Health Link" for April, below >>






As of April 2014, the Health Program now offers monthly distribution of "Health Link," an easy to use email newsletter, available to any member on request.

Welcome to NCSL Health Link, a monthly email featuring NCSL’s new health-related information resources.

Preventing Drug Overdoses

2014 has seen a surge of state legislation to prevent drug overdose deaths. Bills proposed in 17 states would allow emergency responders (or others) to administer specific antidotes in the event of a drug overdose. Many states are considering other actions that aim to prevent prescription drug overdose, abuse and misuse, such as modifying their prescription drug monitoring programs. For more information about state actions related to preventing drug overdose deaths, visit NCSL’s legislative tracking webpage.

2014 ACA Database Launched

NCSL released its latest compilation of state legislative actions related to the Affordable Care Act.  The 2014 online database provides one-click access to more than 950 bills and resolutions filed or pending across the 50 states and D.C. Legislation can be sorted by state and by topics including Exchanges, Medicaid, Outreach & Enrollment, Insurance Reforms, Authorization & Funding or Challenges, Opt-outs & Alternatives.  As of last week, at least 32 measures had been signed or adopted.

How Healthy is Your Community?  

NCSL’s Leadership for Healthy Communities project provides state legislators and legislative staff with information about policy options for active living, healthy eating choices and childhood obesity prevention. Check the project webpage for information about state policy innovations and for a link to a 50-state, county-by-county  interactive map reporting on 29 factors that influence health in communities, released on March 26, 2014 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

 ACA Sign-up Scramble 

Health exchanges were in the spotlight again last week, as the March 31 deadline passed. NCSL has updated its 50-state review of responses, as of March 26. Even though the exchanges have closed for new insurance enrollments until next Fall, people who qualify for Medicaid may continue to sign up. 

NCSL Web Resources 

NCSL maintains hundreds of topical health web pages, from A to Z. Check out our resources on the following major topics:

Cost and Quality / Diseases and Conditions / Federal Health Issues / Health Insurance / Medicaid and CHIP / Pharmaceuticals / Population Groups / Providers and Facilities / Health Reform / Public Health and Prevention

For more information about these and other issues, e-mail us at

NCSL’s Federal Health Reform: State Actions Newsletter highlighted state activities related to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).  It was published every two weeks and distributed at no charge to NCSL members involved or interested in health policy.  There are 69 archive editions available in an easy-to-use index of individual articles. Bi-weekly distribution has been suspended as of January 17, 2014, and replaced by Health Link, above.

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