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Check Out NCSL's New Resource on Food Safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we went from dinner out to dinner in. Americans took to cooking at home and the use of food-delivery apps more than doubled as Americans increasingly ordered takeout instead of eating at restaurants. As food consumption trends continue to evolve, one constant is the concern over food safety.

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NCSL Launches Emergency Medical Services Legislative Database

In recent years, EMS has played an increasingly important role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing drug overdoses. States have taken several legislative actions to ensure that residents have access to life-saving EMS.

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Crafting Master Plans: States Supporting an Aging Population

By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65, meaning 1 in every 5 U.S. residents will be retirement age. As the older U.S. population grows, states are exploring policies to ease the transition and offer support.  

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NCSL Welcomes Third Cohort of Maternal and Child Health Fellows

The Maternal and Child Health Fellows Program enters its third year with 26 state legislators from 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program enables legislators and staff who are experienced and emerging leaders on maternal and child health-related issues.

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NCSL Launches Database Tracking Public Health Actions

Public health was thrust into the spotlight in 2020 and states introduced more than 1,000 bills to tackle issues like vaccines, public health data, prevention of infectious disease and more. To track all this state action in 2021 and going into 2022, NCSL launched a new State Public Health Legislation Database—and it is now up and running!

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Pandemic Checkup: What's Happening With Oral Health?

With COVID-19 dominating legislative priorities over the last two years, national experts acknowledged the difficult balance between responding to a pandemic and not losing ground in preventing or managing chronic conditions—a potentially costly outcome for payers and health systems.

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States Address Cardiac Arrests Through Telecommunicator CPR Training

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest incidents rose during the COVID-19 public health emergency in large cities.

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SCOTUS Allows New York State’s Vaccine Mandate Without a Religious Exemption to Stay in Effect

New York requires all health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and includes no religious exemption.

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief in Medicaid Cost-Recovery Case

In Gallardo v. Marstiller the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal Medicaid Act allows a state Medicaid program to recover reimbursement for Medicaid’s payment of a beneficiary’s past medical expenses by taking funds from the beneficiary’s tort recovery that compensate for future medical expenses.

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Supreme Court To Decide Medicare Dialysis Case

As is often true in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the legal issues in Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee Health Benefit Plan v. DaVita are numerous and complicated. But the bottom line is relatively simple. In this case the Court will decide whether private health insurance plans may treat dialysis coverage less favorably than other plan benefits.

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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.