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Biologic and Biosimilar Drugs: State Laws Can Affect Their Use

Biologic drugs have revolutionized the treatment of many severe and chronic conditions, but these novel products can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for a course of therapy.

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Regulating GMO Labelling at State and Federal Levels

The first state law requiring certain genetically modified food to be labeled as such goes into effect tomorrow, July 1. 

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States May Need to Re-examine Abortion Laws After SCOTUS Ruling

At a minimum, admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements are in trouble following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling today in an abortion case.

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Value-Based Payments Changing Costs in State Medicaid

Where are states playing a leading role in driving value into the health care system?

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Evidence-Based Policy Blog Series: A Great Resource for State Leaders

NCSL’s new blog series helps clarify evidence-based policy for state leaders.

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Putting Evidence to Work in State Decision Making for Health: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

“Putting evidence to work” refers to public policy that is informed by scientific evidence about what works.  Many teen pregnancy prevention programs, for example, are evidence-based, and have been shown to have a positive return on investment for states.

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Putting Evidence to Work in State Health Policymaking: Home-Visiting Programs

Several high-quality studies have documented the cost-effectiveness of the Nurse-Family Partnership, a nurse home-visiting program for low-income, first-time mothers.

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Putting Evidence to Work in State Decision Making: Return on Investment

Policymakers are faced with claims like “child safety seats are a great investment to save states money.” How does a legislator assess whether this is really a cost-effective investment?

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Putting Evidence to Work in State Decision-Making for Health: First in a Series

When South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley announced a $30 million expansion of the state’s home-visiting program in February 2016, what convinced her this was a good investment?

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Webinar Series: Final Medicaid Managed Care Ruling

On April 25, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule which governs the operation of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) Programs offering benefits and services through a managed care delivery system. 

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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.