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State and Federal Efforts to Increase Adult Seat Belt Use

With seat belts saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year, states and the federal government continue to push their use. Almost all states require buckling up, but the laws vary in where belts are required (front and/or back seat) and how they are enforced.

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Connecting Health and Housing Through Medicaid

As health care costs continue to pressure state budgets, lawmakers are looking at social determinants that may be contributing to costly preventable chronic diseases and conditions. One potential solution involves improving access to stable and affordable housing for Medicaid beneficiaries.

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Sustaining Health Benefits for Retired Public Employees

In addition to pensions, most state and local governments offer retired public workers other post-employment benefits, including subsidized health insurance coverage. Mounting health care costs and new rules governing the accounting and reporting of benefit liabilities have focused more attention on these key benefits in recent years.

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Shoring Up Manufacturing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this unprecedented time for the nation’s economic and physical health, lawmakers across the country are working to shore up manufacturing. Efforts include offering incentives to support medical supply production and increasing financial support for small- and medium-sized businesses.

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