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A new Trust for America’s Health report spotlights 13 evidence-based policies state officials can use to promote health and well-being and lower health care costs.

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Despite a recent measles outbreak across the U.S., legislators in New York, Texas, and other states are considering bills to relax vaccine requirements. Meanwhile, Washington state is working to remove its "personal belief" exemption for the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

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Updated Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data show opioid prescribing rates across state Medicaid programs in 2016 ranged from 2.9 percent to 9.4 percent, compared with the national average of 5.4 percent.

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California’s newly-elected governor signed an executive order to establish a single-payer prescription drug purchasing system. The Supreme Court strikes down Maryland’s anti-pricing gouging law as the state legislature considers creating a prescription drug affordability board.

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A new report finds that nearly 90 percent of hospitals, on average, within each state are part of a coalition to work with emergency management and public health officials to ensure emergency preparedness in their communities.

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A new analysis finds that the evolving drug overdose crisis has wide, varying effects across states and that there has been an uptick in non-opioid illicit drug overdoses.

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With expected gridlock between our new divided Congress, states could be the ones to drive major health policy activity in 2019.

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The Antibiotic Resistance Investment resource page features an interactive map and downloadable fact sheets for each state and select major cities.

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Judge Dan Polster of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio rejected opioid companies’ motion to dismiss hundreds of state and local lawsuits against them, ordering litigation to proceed and for the parties to discuss a potential settlement.

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A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas sided with a group of Republican governors and attorneys general in 20 states who argued that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional without the related tax penalty.

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Leaders in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin have expressed interest in allowing individuals who cannot afford private health insurance to buy into the Medicaid program if they are otherwise ineligible.

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Three new Democratic governors have vowed to move forward with Medicaid expansion in their states; Meanwhile, voters in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah approved Medicaid expansion, while Montana voters rejected an initiative to extend the state's expansion past June 2019.

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States have explored both traditional policy levers and novel approaches to manage Medicaid prescription drug costs, and many newly-elected governors have signaled that the issue is a policy priority.

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America’s Essential Hospitals examines the multitude of lawsuits local, state, and federal governments are pursuing against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid crisis.

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Vermonters will experience a 23 percent increase in marketplace premiums, while Tennesseans will see a 26 percent decrease; nationally, premiums will decrease 1 percent on average.

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Colorado's new policy requires certain providers to report the acquisition cost of drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program; Mississippi mandates that certain providers identify 340B-purchased drugs on medical and retail pharmacy claims.

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