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HEALTHY BABIES AND BUDGETS

BABYThis new NCSL video summarizes five effective strategies states can use to invest in the health of women and children. 

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INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR AUTISM

There is no cure for autism, but it is a treatable condition. Most health professionals agree that early intervention treatment programs are important. Treatment options may include behavioral and educational interventions, complementary and alternative medicine, dietary changes or medications to manage or relieve the symptoms of autism.

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OVERVIEW

Childhood is an opportunity to lay a strong foundation for a lifetime of health. Children in poor health generally do less well in school, complete fewer years of school, have poorer adult health and earn less as adults. Efforts to improve children’s health can lead to significant savings by preventing the need for expensive health care in the long term. Every year, policymakers consider a range of children’s health issues, such as for genetic screening, vaccinations, injury prevention, nutrition, access to care and many more.  Given the significant investment in Medicaid and Children Health Insurance Program, policymakers also want to ensure that state resources are used wisely and are used to achieve optimal health and development for children.

 
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