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What’s New From Children and Families? September 2019

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, family economic security, housing and homelessness.

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Older Adult Falls: A Growing Health Concern

Preventing elderly falls has become increasingly important as the prevalence of fall-related injuries and fatalities grows. Between 2000 and 2016, the total number of deaths from falls among adults aged 75 and older nearly tripled from 8,613 to 25,189.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, shining a spotlight on the more than 15,000 cases of pediatric cancer diagnosed in people younger than 20 in the United States each year.

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Using Addiction Counselors to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services

Lack of access to behavioral health providers in rural areas continues to affect millions of Americans.

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Paying the Price: Strategies to Control Health Care Costs

NCSL facilitated a lively discussion around health care costs to consumers at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tenn. During the session “Paying the Price: Strategies to Control Health Care Costs,” attendees heard from national experts and state legislators about various factors that drive health care costs and policy options to address these cost drivers.

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Addressing the Maternal and Infant Mortality Crisis

States have made tackling the infant and maternal mortality crisis a priority, though the issue remains challenging.

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State Oral Health Efforts: Extracting Value, Improving Access

Oral health was the topic. Exploring oral health policies that maximize state efforts to improve access and increase quality of care was the goal.

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Setting the Curve: Oral Health Screenings and Exams in Schools

As policymakers search for ways to maximize finite funding, children’s dental screenings in schools can be a useful tool to leverage oral disease prevention into efforts to improve timely and cost effective access to dental services and treatment.

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Trends in 2019 Injury Prevention and Opioid Abuse Prevention Legislation  

Injury prevention remains a key issue for state lawmakers due to its high toll on individual’s health and state and individual finances.

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HHS Committee Chairs Gather in Denver

Policymakers gathered to expand their knowledge of health and human services issues, exchange policy options and successes in health and human services, bridge connections between legislators and issue experts, and develop individual action plans to confront issues head on.

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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.