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What's Coming to ScopeofPracticePolicy.org in 2018?

ScopeofPracticePolicy.org—a website aimed at educating state policymakers about scope of practice issues—will have exciting new additions launching this year.

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Looking at a State's Role in Medicaid Work/Community Engagement Requirements

Last month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a letter to state Medicaid directors announcing a new policy regarding work and community engagement requirements as an option for Medicaid eligibility. The Trump administration had prioritized these requirements early on, and CMS Administrator Seema Verma brings expertise on this issue from her previous work.

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Scope of Practice Policy Website Celebrates 1 Year

February marks the one year anniversary of the ScopeofPracticePolicy.org website, an important national resource for state policymakers about scope of practice issues for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists.

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Inside the World of Health Centers

When NCSL's Health and Human Services Committee members toured San Ysidro Health in south San Diego as part of the NCSL Capitol Forum in December, they learned that health centers have an impact on their communities far beyond just providing access to health care. 

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Mississippi Lands First 10-year Medicaid 1115 Waiver Extension

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the state of Mississippi received a gift that will keep giving, at least for the next 10 years: the first 10-year extension of a Medicaid waiver.

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2018 Outlook for Health Insurance

Could 4 million Americans drop health insurance this coming fall?  Could new “skinny” health plans appeal to consumers who rarely see a doctor?  Can a hard-to-explain new waiver lower your premiums? Now that the new federal tax cut law has altered a core provision of federal health law by repealing the individual mandate, what’s next?

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What's Going On With Health Insurance Right Now?

When considering the future state of health insurance, Representative George Keiser (R-N.D.) says he's never wanted a crystal ball more than right now. "But I'm not sure it would help," said Keiser, during an NCSL Capitol Forum session considering "What is Happening With Health Insurance Now?"

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Early Care and Education Fall Quarter 2017 Update

This edition of the e-update features a short list of recent NCSL resources. Resources include a LegisBrief about children with special health care needs, an archived webinar about legislative Children’s Caucuses and highlights from a recent human services chairs meeting.

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Value-Based Purchasing for Prescription Drugs

Everyone knows prescription drugs can be expensive. But what if the price of a drug was linked to whether it cured or improved the condition of a patient who used it?

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What's New From Children and Families | November 2017

DID YOU KNOW: November is National Adoption Month 2017. NCSL tracks legislation related to adoption in our Child Welfare Enacted Legislation Database.

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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.