To meet the demand for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, states are making regulatory changes, filling shortages with nontraditional workers, and modifying telehealth policies to increase access to remote care.
Check out NCSL's new database that brings you up-to-date, real-time information about bills related to and responding to COVID-19 that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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.
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.