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Report Highlights Strategies to Prevent High Treatment Costs, Tackle Infectious Disease

As the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic begins to affect state budgets, many lawmakers are making hard choices about state spending.

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Pandemic Forces New Approaches to Dentistry

Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any worse, that dull but tolerable toothache becomes an ice pick in your jaw.

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Child Care Bills Pass the House With Bipartisan Support

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the House passed two bills on July 29—the Child Care Is Essential Act (HR 7027) and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (HR 7327).

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COVID-19 Contributes to More Than Weird Dreams

If there’s one thing most everyone can agree on, it’s that life during a pandemic is stressful. Changes in schedules, economic uncertainty, work and school changes, and a little too much family or alone time can all add up and make us feel anxious, worried or depressed.

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What Is Being Done for Older Americans With Disabilities?

The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) highlights the strides that have been made for individuals with disabilities, but also highlights existing challenges that older Americans with disabilities still face.

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Using Pharmacists to Provide Care in Rural Areas

The increased need for medical care and prescription drugs, coupled with scarcity of primary care physicians in rural areas, exacerbates many barriers to accessing necessary health care. Maximizing the use of pharmacists as part of the health care delivery system is among several state strategies to meet the unique health care needs of rural and underserved communities.

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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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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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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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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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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.