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Rise in Congenital Syphilis Cases Concerns State Legislators

Over the last six months, much of the nation’s attention has focused on the newly identified coronavirus that causes COVID-19. However, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to sound the alarm about new cases of a much older infectious disease—syphilis.

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New NCSL Resource: Boosting Oral Health Care in Rural Communities

Rural areas make up a staggering 97% of the United States’ landmass, yet they contain just over 19% of the U.S. population. The demographics and geographically dispersed areas require different approaches to delivering high-quality health care, including oral health care in rural areas.

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Interconnecting Behavioral and Public Health Systems Improves State Performance

By connecting behavioral health and public health systems, policymakers can better leverage resourc­es across different sectors currently operating independently of each other. Benefits of aligning infrastructure across systems include an improved ability to address priority health problems and use limited resources more efficiently.

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COVID-19 Confusion: Update on Coverage for Testing, Treatment

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to affordable testing and treatment has remained a top concern for many Americans. Mixed interpretations of evolving federal guidance have contributed to confusion around coverage for testing and treatment among hospitals, payers and the public.

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Preliminary Data Suggest Increased Risk for Severe Illness Among Pregnant Women with COVID-19

Pregnant women may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant women, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Supreme Court OKs ACA’s Expanded Contraceptive Mandate Exemptions

In a 7-2 decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania the U.S. Supreme Court held that religious employers and employers with moral objections may be exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate.

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NCSL’s Health Innovations Task Force Tackles COVID-19 Challenges

From Portland, Maine, to Los Angeles, Calif., NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems has heard from the leading minds and practitioners in health innovations.

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Supporting Health Care Facilities and Providers During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen health care facilities around the country pushed to their limits. To ensure health systems have the capacity needed to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients, both the federal government and state legislatures are working to provide financial aid.

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Safeguarding the Susceptible: Protecting Long-Term Care Patients During a Pandemic

Residents and staff in long-term care facilities account for an estimated one-third of COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S., despite only 11 percent of cases occurring in these facilities. In a handful of states this estimate is even higher, with residents accounting for over half the state’s fatalities.

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COVID-19: Drug Shortages Amid a Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic began and Americans were asked to stay at home, millions of people—especially those living with chronic illness—had to quickly figure out how to get extended refills of their needed medicines. Rushes such as these were just the tip of the of drug shortage iceberg as the new era of COVID-19 emerged.

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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.