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Special Delivery: State Strategies to Ensure Healthy Pregnancies

NCSL’s new report, “State Approaches to Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies Through Prenatal Care,” provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.

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Time for a Refresh: NCSL’s New and Improved Scope of Practice Policy Website

COVID-19 still got you down? Has all this time you’ve spent at home made you want to renovate your house? We at NCSL can relate–so much that we recently redesigned one of our cherished websites.  

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Advisory Group Tackles Health Disparities and Health Equity

As the coronavirus continues to shine a light on longstanding health disparities, NCSL convened a new bipartisan advisory group to provide guidance on how NCSL can best support legislators and legislative staff as they address health disparities and health equity issues in their states.

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New Podcast: State Innovations to Manage High Cost of Gene Therapies

Some gene therapies “are approaching several million dollars and those costs are felt across the health care system, particularly for Medicaid and state employee plans,” said Colleen Becker, a sernior policy specialist in NCSL's Health Program, during a recent installment of NCSL’s “Our American States” podcast.

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Improving Access to Care: Medicaid, Telehealth and Health Workforce 101

State legislatures have long played an important role in bolstering access to high quality, affordable health care services. And as the country continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, health care access has only become more vital.

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Medicaid Policy Trends in 2020: COVID, Coverage and Costs

Medicaid, which accounts for a significant portion of state expenditures and also the largest source of federal revenue for states, continues to be a high priority for state policymakers.

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Improving Children’s Access to Oral Health Services During a Pandemic

Children in Medicaid received more than 7 million fewer dental services between March and May of this year compared to the same period last year.

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SCOTUS Rules States May Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ Prescription Drug Reimbursement Rates

By Lisa Soronen

In a unanimous decision the U.S. Supreme Court held in Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association that states may regulate the price at which pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) reimburse pharmacies for the cost of prescription drugs without violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

 

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Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain Low Amid Pandemic

Vaccination rates for Medicaid beneficiaries under age 2 were nearly 22% lower between March and May than the same period last year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Michigan, for example, reported an over 20% decrease in the rate of non-flu routine vaccines administered to children 18 years and younger since the state’s stay-at-home order was implemented on March 23.

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Supreme Court to Decide Legality of Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirements

In Azar v. Gresham and Arkansas v. Gresham the Supreme Court will decide whether it was lawful for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to allow Arkansas to require certain Medicaid recipients to work or look for work.

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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.