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NCSL Welcomes the Fourth Cohort of Opioid Policy Fellows  

After a competitive application process, 25 state legislators from across the country were selected to join NCSL’s Opioid Policy Fellows Program for its fourth year.

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NCSL Co-Hosts Child Care Stabilization Grants Federal Briefing with the Administration

Top officials from the Administration of Children and Families virtually briefed an audience of governors, state legislators, legislative staff and county officials about ACF’s recently released Child Care Stabilization Grants guidance.

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In a 7-2 opinion in California v. Texas, the Supreme Court held that neither the individual nor the state plaintiffs had standing to challenge as unconstitutional the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to obtain health insurance following Congress setting the penalty at $0 in 2017. 

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Read the Details on Increased Medicaid Funds for Home and Community Based Services

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act includes several flexibilities for state Medicaid programs, including  provisions allowing states to receive increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funding for different services.

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Managing Costs in Medicaid—Practical Options for Reducing Spending, Improving Outcomes

With Medicaid accounting for nearly 30% of total state spending on average and significant enrollment increases over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers seek options to manage state spending on Medicaid programs.

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Special Delivery: State Strategies to Ensure Healthy Pregnancies

NCSL’s new report, “State Approaches to Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies Through Prenatal Care,” provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.

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Time for a Refresh: NCSL’s New and Improved Scope of Practice Policy Website

COVID-19 still got you down? Has all this time you’ve spent at home made you want to renovate your house? We at NCSL can relate–so much that we recently redesigned one of our cherished websites.  

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Advisory Group Tackles Health Disparities and Health Equity

As the coronavirus continues to shine a light on longstanding health disparities, NCSL convened a new bipartisan advisory group to provide guidance on how NCSL can best support legislators and legislative staff as they address health disparities and health equity issues in their states.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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New Podcast: State Innovations to Manage High Cost of Gene Therapies

Some gene therapies “are approaching several million dollars and those costs are felt across the health care system, particularly for Medicaid and state employee plans,” said Colleen Becker, a sernior policy specialist in NCSL's Health Program, during a recent installment of NCSL’s “Our American States” podcast.

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Improving Access to Care: Medicaid, Telehealth and Health Workforce 101

State legislatures have long played an important role in bolstering access to high quality, affordable health care services. And as the country continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, health care access has only become more vital.

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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.