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Early Care and Education Winter Quarter 2018 Update

This e-update features a short list of new NCSL resources. Included in this batch of resources now available to you is a LegisBrief about legislative children’s caucuses, an archived webinar about state home vising programs, a webpage dedicated to the opioid epidemic and more.

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Tracking State Innovations in Medicaid

States enacted nearly 400 laws related to health system innovations in 2017, including at least 104 laws related to Medicaid reforms.

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What’s New From Children and Families? | February 2018

DID YOU KNOW: NCSL’s Children and Families Program has a new group director. Wade Fickler joined NCSL following previous policy experience including leadership positions with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Children’s Institute (Oregon) and City Club of Portland. Please join us in welcoming Wade! (He's the tall one in the group picture.)

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What's Coming to ScopeofPracticePolicy.org in 2018?

ScopeofPracticePolicy.org—a website aimed at educating state policymakers about scope of practice issues—will have exciting new additions launching this year.

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Looking at a State's Role in Medicaid Work/Community Engagement Requirements

Last month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a letter to state Medicaid directors announcing a new policy regarding work and community engagement requirements as an option for Medicaid eligibility. The Trump administration had prioritized these requirements early on, and CMS Administrator Seema Verma brings expertise on this issue from her previous work.

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Scope of Practice Policy Website Celebrates 1 Year

February marks the one year anniversary of the ScopeofPracticePolicy.org website, an important national resource for state policymakers about scope of practice issues for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists.

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What's New From Children and Families - January 2018

Most early childhood programs with rigorous evaluations—home visiting, parent education, early care and education, health related visits, food and child care subsidies—have been shown to improve child outcomes and, among the programs with an economic evaluation, largely pay for themselves with a return on investment of $2 to $4 for every dollar spent.

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Long-Term Benefits of Preschool: For Real or Fadeout?

In 2001, Oklahoma became one of the nation’s first states to implement a universal pre-K program. Since then, a large and growing body of evidence has told us that early childhood education programs improve school readiness and reduce achievement gaps.

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Mississippi Lands First 10-year Medicaid 1115 Waiver Extension

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the state of Mississippi received a gift that will keep giving, at least for the next 10 years: the first 10-year extension of a Medicaid waiver.

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What's New From Children and Families | December 2017

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

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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.