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Celebrating State Innovations on National Rural Health Day 2020

Rural residents across the U.S. may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to the aging population, higher rates of underlying chronic disease, and higher likelihood of having a disability.

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30 Years of Protection for Substance Use and Mental Illness Under the ADA

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, it became the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.

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Justices Signal the Entire ACA Is Unlikely to Be Overturned

The Supreme Court heard oral argument Tuesday in California v. Texas, a case where it is possible the Supreme Court could rule that a portion of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and strike down the entire law if it rules the individual mandate cannot be severed from the rest of the ACA.

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New National Suicide Hotline

With the pandemic exacerbating the rate of suicide, Congress has stepped in and passed a new law designating “988” as a new national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline, connecting individuals directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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NCSL’s FY 2020 Early Care and Education State Budget Report Now Available

It’s no secret that supporting healthy development from birth to age 5 is vitally important. What happens or doesn’t happen in these early years becomes the foundation for adult health and well-being.

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Flu Efforts During a Pandemic: State Roles in Influenza Response

Between the Spanish Flu in 1918 and the Swine Flu in 2009, the world experienced four influenza pandemics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes there is not currently an influenza pandemic, but responding to the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for states and every other level of government.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Bootcamp Addresses Family First, Other Child Welfare Topics

More than 40 state legislators and legislative staff took part in NCSL’s Family First Boot Camp in August.

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State Elections 2020: Health Ballot Measures

Contemplating which state and national officials to elect during a pandemic, voters in at least nine states face another choice—the opportunity to weigh in on their state’s health policy.

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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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Category: Health, COVID-19
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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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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.