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SLLC Asks SCOTUS To Rule on Scope of Rehabilitation Act

In CVS Pharmacy v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether disability disparate impact claims may be brought under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and therefore under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Does are individuals living with HIV/AIDS who rely on employer-sponsored health plans for their medications. 

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NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems gathered in person in August to discuss public health investments and innovations, and what states can do to lay groundwork for stronger public health systems beyond the pandemic.

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New NCSL Resource: Shining a Light on Optometrists

NCSL’s Scope of Practice Policy website has a new, eye-catching addition: optometrists are now featured as a new practitioner. Providing more than two-thirds of all primary eye and vision health care in the U.S., doctors of optometry, or optometrists, are an important access point to the health care system for many patients.

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Women's Bone Health: Reducing Costs and Promoting Screening

Among the 54 million Americans at risk for osteoporosis, 10.2 million adults have the disease and, of those with the disease, 80% are women. According to the national Osteoporosis and Hip Fracture Index, an estimated 34.4% of these cases are women between 65 to 74 and 38.5% are women over 80.

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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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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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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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States Turn to Medicaid to Support Behavioral Health Needs Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated trauma, isolation and economic insecurity exacerbated existing behavioral health problems and created new ones.

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers: Increase Access, Decreasing Costs

Access to quality behavioral health care has long been a priority for many legislators. Using quality health research and data helps legislators create evidence-informed policies

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Policy Options To Improve Access to and Uptake of Vaccines: New Resources

Vaccines are a safe and effective public health tool that are key to keeping communities healthy. Nonetheless, they can also be a challenging policy issue in state legislatures.

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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.