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Policy Solutions, Innovations Featured at Opioid Policy Fellows Conference

The second meeting of the 2019 Opioid Policy Fellows focused on innovation and collaborations among many state and community partners, including a session on successful examples of collaboration between the health and justice systems.

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Nursing Mothers in the Workplace – Feds Seeking Input from States

The federal Office of Compliance Initiatives, Wage and Hour Division, Women's Bureau, and Office of Disability Employment Policy within the US Department of Labor are seeking public input on how DOL can help mothers and employers understand their rights and responsibilities relating to workplace accommodations for nursing mothers.

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Congressional Moves on Drug-Pricing and Competition

The House Judiciary Committee passed two bills dealing with drug pricing and competition.

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CDC Releases Guidelines for Managing Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects millions of Americans each year, but it does not affect all patients in the same way.

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States Continue to Grapple with Health Care Costs, Coverage and Premature Death

Rising death rates from suicide, alcohol and drug overdose, growth in health care spending among those with employer coverage, and a slowdown in earlier health insurance coverage gains are among the trends highlighted in a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

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Supreme Court to Decide ACA Risk Corridor Case

In Moda Health Plan v. United States, the Supreme Court will decide whether Congress may enact appropriations riders restricting the sources of funding available to pay health insurers for losses incurred that were supposed to be paid per federal law.

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Public Options for Health Care—Buying Into Government-Sponsored Health Plans

In the absence of major health reforms at the federal level, state policymakers continue looking for strategies to provide more affordable health coverage to their residents.

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What’s New from Children and Families? June 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 success, housing and homelessness.

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SCOTUS Rules Judges, Not Juries, Must Decide Critical Element of State Law Drug Claims

Merck v. Albrecht is a simple issue contained in a long story. 

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What's New From Children and Families—May 2019

Forty-five percent of U.S. infants and toddlers live in households with incomes less than twice the federal poverty level. Learn more about this and other stats in the first-of-its-kind State of Babies Yearbook 2019. The reports from Zero To Three and Child Trends compare state and national data on the well-being of infants and toddlers.

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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.