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Bringing Health Care Prices to Light

Consumers are often in the dark when it comes to health care prices—and they’re not the only ones. Policymakers, employers and researchers frequently lack access to robust price data, which can act as a barrier for assessing health care markets and controlling costs.

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Promoting FAFSA to Get More Students Into Higher Education

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important step in obtaining a variety of federal and state financial aid. According to the National College Access Network, high school seniors who complete the FAFSA are 84% more likely to immediately enroll in postsecondary education.

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Apprenticeships: A Path to Working in a Licensed Occupation

Apprenticeships can help workers earn the education and experience needed to qualify for an occupational license and meet job demands. States enacted nearly 500 bills related to apprenticeships in 2020, underscoring the importance of this career pathway for state economies.

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Coping with Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

About 1 in 3 of the 15 million people living with cancer experienced disruptions in their treatment and there was a significant reduction in screenings because of the COVID-19 pandemic. State lawmakers responded with efforts to improve health care access, affordability and equity.

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States Look to Lower Speed Limits

Speeding on roads and highways has been a public safety issue for decades, accounting for over 25% of annual motor vehicle crash deaths since 2008. Over the past decade, at least 10 state legislatures have given state and local governments more flexibility to lower speed limits.

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