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Health Reform: State Action Newsletters

News update


Recent editions covered Medicaid expansion, exchanges and new federal rules, among other topics, View the newsletter and all archive editions, 2011-Jan. 2014.

View the new "Health Link" for this current month, below >>






For December 2014, the Health Program offers monthly distribution of "Health & Human Services Link," an easy to use email newsletter, available to any member on request.

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

Preventing Sex Trafficking
The new federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 requires some important changes to state child welfare and child support policy, including state reporting requirements, the adoption of a reasonable and prudent parenting standard, and amendments to the Uniform Interstate Family Support act.

Ensuring Quality in Health Insurance Marketplaces
Health insurance marketplaces have broadened the market of potential patients for health care providers. As consumers navigate the options, states are attempting to make choosing plans easier. This new LegisBrief provides information about the nature, cost and quality of health plans in a variety of ways.

Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2014
NCSL surveyed 20 state legislative fiscal offices in May 2014 on their FY 2014 and FY 2015 state appropriations for various early care and education programs—child care, prekindergarten, home visiting and other related programs. The full report, including colored maps and state appropriations table, are now available. State appropriations to early care and education increased 3.8 percent ($368.8 million). Appropriations increased in each of the four categories, with prekindergarten appropriations seeing the largest increase between FY 2014 and FY 2015.

Dental Sealants Can Improve Children's Oral Health
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for U.S. children; however, most dental disease can be prevented through early identification and early and effective care, such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments. States have adopted several strategies to increase sealant use among children and remove barriers to access. A new LegisBrief describes school sealant programs, workforce approaches, Medicaid policies and other strategies aimed at improving children’s oral health.

Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter
NCSL’s Child Welfare Project produces a monthly newsletter. The November 2014 edition features information on new federal legislation concerning child welfare, Title IV-E waivers, new data reports, and the connection between child support and child welfare.

NCSL Web Resources

NCSL’s Health Page. 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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