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States Regulate Chemicals as Congress Delays Action

Earlier this week, Oregon issued proposed rulemaking to implement the Toxic-Free Kids Act of 2015 (OR SB 478), by establishing the initial list of high priority chemicals of concern for children’s health when used in children’s products. The Oregon law follows the ...

Obamacare's State Co-Op Experiment Falters; 430,000 Lose Health Insurance

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) established funds to loan state Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (co-ops), which were intended to band together community members to create member-driven health insurance companies. The co-ops would be service-oriented with no...

Changes to State-Run OSHA Plans

Under Section 18 of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, states are encouraged to develop their own safety and health programs for both public and private sector employees.  State-run plans must be at least as effective as the federal law, be approved by the...

Is the California Vaccine Movement a Bellwether in Public Health Policy?

As reported earlier in the MultiState Insider, 2015 has seen many states debating how best to protect their citizens from rapidly spreading diseases. One of the most hotly-debated measures across the country this year was California Senate Bill (SB) 277. The measure, ...

Alaska 30th State to Expand Medicaid; Expansion Puts Pressure on State Budgets

With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Obama Administration last month in King v. Burwell, the President's signature law — the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — once again looks safe from its critic's challenges.

Direct Primary Care: The Future of Health Care?

UPDATED: An newer post on this topic is available here.

Health care continues to fragment the country in political divisions five years after the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) enactment. But despite a reprieve from the perpetually rising cost curve, containing health care...

A Look at How State and Local Governments are Preparing for Ebola

 

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa continues to make headlines around the world as countries work to stop the disease and prevent its spread. The recent death of a man infected with the virus in Texas, and the subsequent infection of two healthcare workers...

States Focus on Prescription Drug Abuse

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic in the United States. About 46 people die every day from prescription drug overdoses, but the fatalities are only half of the story. The economic burden on the United States is...

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