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Health Reform: State Action Newsletters

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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 October 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.

The “101” on Children Youth and Families
If  you ever feel a little lost when it comes to Child Support and Family Law, Child Welfare or Early Care and Education, NCSL can help!

  • Unsure how state child support programs are run? Or are you curious to know the full process behind child support enforcement? NCSL's Child Support Project has created the Child Support 101 series to help get you started.
  • The one stop shop for What’s New in Child Welfare allows readers to view enacted legislation, monthly newsletters and learn a little more about foster care, kinship care, adoption and permanency.
  • For a quick scan of the hot topics related to early learning look no further than the Early Childhood 101 page, where you can learn about the science of brain development, governance structures, family supports and parent engagements, and more. 

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Diversity
The United States has always been a nation rich in diversity—and as a nation we are getting more diverse. As minority groups become a larger percentage of total health care consumers, meeting their needs in cost effective and high quality ways might be the difference between balancing the budget and breaking the bank. NCSL’s new report on workforce diversity describes options policymakers may consider to increase the diversity of their health care workforce, which has been shown to help improve access to health and health care for communities of color.

WIC: Supporting Health and Nutrition for Pregnant Women, Infants and Children
The WIC program provides food, health care referrals and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant and postpartum women. A new LegisBrief describes the program and some of the issues that Congress will consider when WIC is up for renewal in 2015. Issues include the program’s low national participation rate, the requirement that all WIC agencies implement an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) system, the effect of increasing food prices on program funding and new nutrition rules to be included in WIC food packages.

Preventing Pregnancy Among Older Teens
U.S. teen birth rates have reached historic lows, but teen pregnancy, birth and abortion rates remain among the highest in the developed world. A closer look reveals the birth rate for teens ages 18 to 19 to be nearly four times that of their younger peers. As a new LegisBrief describes, states are devoting resources to effective strategies to prevent pregnancy among this population.

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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