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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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CMS Releases Final Rule Governing Medicaid and CHIP Programs Delivered in Managed Care

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule to govern the operation of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs that offer benefits and services through a managed care delivery system.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Putting Books Before Babies

The U.S. teen birth rate is on a two-decade decline, hitting a historic low in 2014—about 24 births per 1,000 girls ages 15-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The decrease of 9 percent from 2013 included all racial and ethnic groups.

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State Legislatures Magazine: States Battle Opioid Addiction

In this month’s cover story, “Overdosed on Opioids,”  State Legislatures magazine examines the state-level impact of the opioid epidemic, which now kills more people annually than motor vehicle crashes.

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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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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.