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NCSL’s Health Innovations Task Force Tackles COVID-19 Challenges

From Portland, Maine, to Los Angeles, Calif., NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems has heard from the leading minds and practitioners in health innovations.

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Supporting Health Care Facilities and Providers During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen health care facilities around the country pushed to their limits. To ensure health systems have the capacity needed to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients, both the federal government and state legislatures are working to provide financial aid.

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Safeguarding the Susceptible: Protecting Long-Term Care Patients During a Pandemic

Residents and staff in long-term care facilities account for an estimated one-third of COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S., despite only 11 percent of cases occurring in these facilities. In a handful of states this estimate is even higher, with residents accounting for over half the state’s fatalities.

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COVID-19: Drug Shortages Amid a Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic began and Americans were asked to stay at home, millions of people—especially those living with chronic illness—had to quickly figure out how to get extended refills of their needed medicines. Rushes such as these were just the tip of the of drug shortage iceberg as the new era of COVID-19 emerged.

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 Pregnant in a Pandemic: Coronavirus Changes Birth Plans for Many

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed how people seek health care, including how women receive prenatal and postpartum care and how they give birth.

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing: What It Is and How It Is Getting Done in States

Contact tracing may be a new term to many people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but to public health professionals, it’s old news and has been around for decades.

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COVID-19 Is Calling the Shots: Report Shows Decreased Childhood Immunization Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way Americans seek health care in numerous ways, including keeping kids at home and out of doctors’ offices.

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Chronic Conditions and COVID-19: Keeping Care Close, at a Distance

People with underlying heart or lung conditions or compromised immune systems have a significantly higher risk of severe complications and death from COVID-19.

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Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which highlights the growing need for children’s mental health resources. The nationwide annual campaign is hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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​​​​​​​ How Is Live SCOTUS Oral Argument Different?

Beginning this week for the first time ever the Supreme Court is holding oral argument over the phone and allowing the public to listen in live. Today’s argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania illustrates the myriad ways live, phone argument is different from the traditional in-person version.  

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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.