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COVID-19 Brings Renewed Focus to Clogs in the System

The coronavirus has exacerbated a problem that has been congealing in pipes across the country for some time— the disposal of wipes down the toilet along with other substances that are clogging wastewater systems.

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SNAP Food Assistance Flexibilities Grow During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting shuttering of the economy has caused more than 22 million workers across the country to seek unemployment benefits. That loss of income forced many Americans to question how they will put food on the table for their families. Many have turned to our nation's largest federal food aid program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for help.

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Bridging the Gap to Youth Mental Health During COVID-19

While transitioning to online classes and teaching may affect a students’ ability to learn, closures may also affect their mental health and access to services and contribute to increased challenges at home. 

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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COVID-19: New and Updated CDC Guidance for Certain Groups and Settings

From keeping up on public health recommendations to abiding state or local orders, everyone has a role to play during a pandemic.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected first responders across America as some 911 call centers experience a record number of calls and frontline workers grapple with new and unknown circumstances.

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How States Are Leveraging Their Medicaid Programs to Respond to COVID-19

Often when state policy makers discuss Medicaid, the focus is on restraining costs, reducing waste and improving outcomes. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation is shifting to leveraging current Medicaid programs and infrastructure to meet increasing demand for health care services.

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A Federal and State Look at Health Insurance Coverage for COVID-19

With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the federal government and states are working to ensure that access to health care does not hold people back from getting COVID-19 testing and services.

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Oral Health and Primary Care: Rooted in Evidence, Ripe for Innovation

The worlds of oral health and primary care increasingly converge.

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Category: Health
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Human Services and Housing Analysis of Third COVID-19 Package

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, HR 748, that includes $2.2 trillion in funding to address the health, human services, educational and economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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National Guard Aids State Efforts in COVID-19 Response

NCSL has compiled a new resource that catalogues the efforts of the National Guard during the COVID-19 crisis.

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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.