Tapping into Telehealth

Providing health services remotely can help support a limited health care workforce and improve access to care, especially in underserved areas. Prescribing practices, reimbursement and licensure are key topics being addressed by state leaders seeking to capitalize on the potential for telehealth.



States Modernizing CON Laws

As state policymakers determine ways to control health care costs and increase access to care, many have considered changes to state regulations governing the development of health care facilities and services, known as Certificate of Need (CON) laws. While their effectiveness continues to be debated, many states are changing their CON programs, from fully repealing them to creating new ones.

NCSL Redistricting Seminar




pregnant women

Boosting Maternity Care in Rural America

Hospital closures, shrinking budgets, a diminishing workforce and poorer health outcomes in rural areas are prompting policymakers to look for ways to boost maternal health care in the nation’s less-populated communities.


Tapping into Telehealth

The 2019 measles outbreaks and near loss of the U.S. measles elimination status have once again brought the debate around vaccine requirements to the forefront. State vaccination requirements for day care and school entry are tools for maintaining high vaccination coverage rates, and, in turn, lower rates of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles. State laws also establish mechanisms for enforcement of school vaccination requirements and exemptions.