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Supreme Court Accepts ERISA Preemption Case Affecting Majority of States

In Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states’ attempts to regulate pharmacy benefit managers’ (PBMs) drug-reimbursement rates are preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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States Continue to Enact Legislation to Address Health Care Workforce Shortages

Access to health care remains a challenge for many Americans, especially those living in rural and underserved communities.

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NCSL Maternal and Child Health Database: A Nursery for State Innovation

After just one year in the world, NCSL’s Maternal and Child Health Database hit some important milestones.

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Federal Health Agencies Explore Myriad Issues

Over the past few months HHS, CMS, the FDA and the CDC have been working on a number of policies through proposed and draft rules, published final rules and guidance sent to the states.

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America’s rural hospitals are ailing; undernourished and underpaid, squeezed by a population that is older, poorer, less insured and sicker than the nation at large. And closing at a rate that alarms health officials, who are witnessing the emptying of the health infrastructure for a wide swath of rural America.

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Vaping: Injuries, Misconceptions, Policy

In the wake of the deadly and mysterious vaping-related lung infections that have killed at least 48 people and injured more than 2,300 others, 10 states and six tribes have temporarily banned or limited vaping products.

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Expanding Access to Care for Rural Residents Via Telehealth

Did you know that 113 million Americans lack access to appropriate mental health services? In fact, as of November 2019, 61 percent of mental health professional shortage areas—a designation that indicates health care provider shortages—are in rural areas.

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NCSL’s Immunization Policy Resources Are a Real Shot in the Arm

NCSL has been producing and stockpiling immunization resources to protect you from contracting uncertainty about state immunization policy.

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New CDC Report: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Could Reduce Leading Causes of Death

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are linked to 14 negative health and social outcomes in adulthood, such as depression, asthma, unemployment, and other issues, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The federal and state health insurance marketplaces have been open and ready for business since Nov. 1. Despite the pending federal appeals court decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans will shop for ACA health plans through HealthCare.gov and the state exchanges during open enrollment.

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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.