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COVID-19 Shines Light on Health Disparities

Each year, health disparities lead to significant human and financial costs as certain people experience poorer living conditions, manage chronic illnesses and have more difficulty accessing health care services and treatment than other population groups.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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COVID-19 Complicates Chronic Conditions

For more than 10 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its public health partners have identified strategies, milestones and metrics to ensure progress in the prevention and treatment of chronic health conditions as a part of CDC’s Winnable Battles program.

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Forging Communication Between Child Welfare Administrators and Frontline Workers During COVID

Child welfare workers across the country are navigating an abrupt transition to remote visits with families, learning how to use new forms of technology and, in some cases, procuring their own personal protective equipment for when they do meet face-to-face with children and families.

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Category: COVID-19
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SCOTUS Allows Nevada Governor’s COVID-19 Restrictions on Church Services to Stand

In Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak the Supreme Court allowed the Nevada governor’s COVID-19 restrictions on the number of people who may attend religious services to stand.

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Rise in Congenital Syphilis Cases Concerns State Legislators

Over the last six months, much of the nation’s attention has focused on the newly identified coronavirus that causes COVID-19. However, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to sound the alarm about new cases of a much older infectious disease—syphilis.

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Do States Need More Federal Assistance in the Next Stimulus?

While not all states are experiencing the same level of lost revenues, many are experiencing some degree of economic downturn. States have received federal resources for virus-related expenses, but not to replenish the revenue shortfalls they are experiencing.

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Category: NCSL, COVID-19
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New NCSL Resource: Boosting Oral Health Care in Rural Communities

Rural areas make up a staggering 97% of the United States’ landmass, yet they contain just over 19% of the U.S. population. The demographics and geographically dispersed areas require different approaches to delivering high-quality health care, including oral health care in rural areas.

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Interconnecting Behavioral and Public Health Systems Improves State Performance

By connecting behavioral health and public health systems, policymakers can better leverage resourc­es across different sectors currently operating independently of each other. Benefits of aligning infrastructure across systems include an improved ability to address priority health problems and use limited resources more efficiently.

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COVID-19 Confusion: Update on Coverage for Testing, Treatment

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to affordable testing and treatment has remained a top concern for many Americans. Mixed interpretations of evolving federal guidance have contributed to confusion around coverage for testing and treatment among hospitals, payers and the public.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, created the $30.75 billion Education Stabilization Fund. This fund provides $13.5 billion in pandemic relief aid for K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.

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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.