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Supporting Health Care Facilities and Providers During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen health care facilities around the country pushed to their limits. To ensure health systems have the capacity needed to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients, both the federal government and state legislatures are working to provide financial aid.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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A Federal and State Look at Health Insurance Coverage for COVID-19

With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the federal government and states are working to ensure that access to health care does not hold people back from getting COVID-19 testing and services.

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What Costs Do Patients Face During a Global Pandemic?

As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases continues to rise across the United States, bolstering access to COVID-19 testing and treatment is a growing concern.

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Reinsurance 101: Mitigating Risk Selection and Costs in Health Insurance

Nov. 1 marked the beginning of the 2020 open enrollment period for marketplace insurance. With the cost of health care continuing to rise, premiums will be on the forefront of many consumers’ minds as they compare available marketplace plans.

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Category: Health
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Paying the Price: Strategies to Control Health Care Costs

NCSL facilitated a lively discussion around health care costs to consumers at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tenn. During the session “Paying the Price: Strategies to Control Health Care Costs,” attendees heard from national experts and state legislators about various factors that drive health care costs and policy options to address these cost drivers.

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States Continue to Grapple with Health Care Costs, Coverage and Premature Death

Rising death rates from suicide, alcohol and drug overdose, growth in health care spending among those with employer coverage, and a slowdown in earlier health insurance coverage gains are among the trends highlighted in a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

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Category: Health
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State Health Insurance Markets—Hanging in the Balance

What can states do to ready themselves for federal changes to health insurance markets because of laws, regulations and executive orders? Will the cost of health insurance premiums level off? Where can states innovate to help consumers?

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Category: Health
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Association Health Plans: Pre-empting States for 2018?

Four months after announcing new plans to allow consumers to buy insurance across state lines, the Trump administration has issued details through proposed rules.

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Category: Health
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Tracking State Innovations in Medicaid

States enacted nearly 400 laws related to health system innovations in 2017, including at least 104 laws related to Medicaid reforms.

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2018 Outlook for Health Insurance

Could 4 million Americans drop health insurance this coming fall?  Could new “skinny” health plans appeal to consumers who rarely see a doctor?  Can a hard-to-explain new waiver lower your premiums? Now that the new federal tax cut law has altered a core provision of federal health law by repealing the individual mandate, what’s next?

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Category: Health
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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.