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There’s No Place Like Home: Delivering Care at Home Remains a Priority for States

More than half of Medicaid spending on long-term services and supports (LTSS) currently supports home and community-based services (HCBS) rather than institutional care (e.g., long-term care facilities).

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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SCOTUS Requires Biden Administration to Reinstate 'Remain in Mexico'

The Fifth Circuit preliminarily ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico," on Aug. 15.  This policy authorizes the federal government to “return certain third-country nationals arriving in the United States to Mexico or Canada for the duration of their removal proceedings.”

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2021 Prescription Drug Policy Trends: In Bipartisan Fashion

Like fashion, trends in health policy come and go—and aren’t always to everyone’s taste. Unlike bell-bottoms, when state lawmakers returned to work for the 2021 session, they were eager to find policy levers palatable to both parties.

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Category: Health
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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief Supporting NYC Police Officer

In Thompson v. Clark, Larry Thompson asserts that before suing police officers for “unreasonable seizure pursuant to legal process,” a plaintiff must await favorable termination of the criminal proceeding against him or her.

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief in Billboard Case

In the City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas Inc., the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief that states and local governments should be able to regulate off-premises billboards differently than on-premises signs.

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Voting While Homeless? You Bet

In 2020, the population of people experiencing homelessness in the United States was 580,466, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Generally, about a third of this group is likely to be registered but just 10% actually vote.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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NCSL Meeting Tackles Early Education Challenges

The challenges facing the early education workforce and potential policy options to support early learning teachers and programs were the focus of a meeting hosted by NCSL’s Education team in June.

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SEED Collaborative Examines Policies for Inclusive Pandemic Recovery

In November 2020, the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) created the COVID-19 Policy Collaborative for an Inclusive Recovery to address the effects of the pandemic on employment for people with disabilities. This ccollaborative was composed of SEED’s partners, along with other key stakeholders and subject matter experts. 

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Census Redistricting Data Arrives A Little Bit Early

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that detailed data from the 2020 decennial census (aka P.L. 94-171 redistricting file, aka “the redistricting data”) will arrive on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. This comes as surprising news as the U.S. Census Bureau had promised it by Aug. 16.

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Veering to Virtual Care: NCSL’s New Telehealth Toolkit for State Legislators

Whether it was attending Zoom University or living that work-from-home life, COVID-19 led a lot of us to go about our day-to-day lives remotely. This, of course, is also true for many patients who sought out health care—and the providers who delivered those services—during the pandemic.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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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.