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Congress Finds Compromise on Opioids

The core of the bill deals with the increasing public health costs and lives lost to opioid misuse disorder. In a show of bipartisanship, both chambers passed the legislation, and sent it to the president for his signature.  

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Recognizing National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week is a nationwide opportunity to focus on change within the U.S. health system and it’s increasing use of technology.

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State Health Insurance Markets—Hanging in the Balance

What can states do to ready themselves for federal changes to health insurance markets because of laws, regulations and executive orders? Will the cost of health insurance premiums level off? Where can states innovate to help consumers?

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What's New in September From Children and Families?

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, welfare and poverty.

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Opioid Policy Trends Continue in 2018 Legislative Sessions

Drug overdose deaths appear to have reached a record high in 2017, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Medical Cannabis Poses Challenges, Opportunities

In light of the ongoing opioid misuse crisis, state and federal policymakers and health care experts are searching for new ways to effectively treat the ill. One area of growing interest among public and clinical health researchers alike is cannabis for medical use.

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 The Latest from Children and Families

NCSL’s Children and Families Program hosted sessions at Legislative Summit, covering a range of issues, from early brain development and foster care, to two-generation strategies and childhood trauma.

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States Fight the Opioid Epidemic by Expanding Access to Treatment

The country is amid an opioid epidemic, and states are actively addressing the issue by working to expand access to evidence-based treatment.

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Strategies for Managing Prison Health Care Costs

Los Angeles—A panel at NCSL's Legislative Summit grappled with how to manage strategies for prison health care expenses that cost states $8.1 billion in 2015 to treat a population with high rates of both physical and behavioral health issues.

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As High-Profile Deaths Stir Discussion, CDC Outlines Rising Suicide Rates and Prevention Strategies

The recent high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain reignited discussions on the state of America’s health.

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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.