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Innovation Waivers: Can Your State Change the Health Law?

Beginning next January, a new state option, known as "1332 Waivers," within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take effect.

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States Called on to Review Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities in National Report

Each day, four to eight children die from abuse or neglect, usually at the hands of their parents. More than half are infants younger than 1 year old, and approximately three-quarters are under 3 years of ag

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New Guidelines Seek to Help Curb Opioid Abuse

Abuse and overdose of prescription opioids has reached new levels over the past decade or so, now claiming more than 40 lives each day on average. With consequences for individuals, communities and states, leaders are grasping for solutions to curtail the growing problem.

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Emotions High as Court Hears Texas Abortion Case

Emotions ran high at the U.S. Supreme Court today in oral argument of what is considered to be the most important abortion cases in more than 20 years

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Declining Teen Birth Rate A Public Health Success for States

The U.S. teen birth rate reached another record low in 2014, with 24.2 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19.

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Trends Show More Young Children Getting ADHD Medication

Over the last decade, the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has increased by 42 percent.

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Health Survey Shows 50-state Progress, Challenges

States have made significant improvements in health systems performance over the past couple of years, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, "Aiming Higher: Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2015 Edition."

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NCSL Teams With Public Health Law Network For Water Supplies Disclosure List

NCSL has teamed up with the Public Health Law Network, Eastern Region out of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law to produce a list of state laws related to the disclosure of public water supplies.

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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.