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Increasing Access to Health Care

With its potential to overcome workforce and access barriers, telehealth can reduce health disparities for aging and underserved populations, as well as reduce patients’ costs and burdens associated with lost work time, transportation and child care.



NCSL Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

NCSL is committed to providing our members with timely responses to state research requests and the essential knowledge needed to guide state action regarding the coronavirus. This page tracks state and federal action related to coronavirus, including introduced and enacted bills and appropriations.


Providers and Facilities


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Health and Human Services

The Health and Human Services Committee is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states.



Certificate of Need State Laws

Certificate of Need (CON) programs are aimed at restraining health care facility costs and allowing coordinated planning of new services and construction. Laws authorizing such programs are one mechanism by which state governments seek to reduce overall health and medical costs.