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Methadone and Prescription Drug Overdose

Methadone and Prescription Drug Overdose

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Date Published: 12/1/2014

Description: Methadone, a synthetic opioid medication used to treat narcotic drug addiction and to manage pain, has become a significant contributor to prescription drug overdoses. Preferred drug lists in most Medicaid programs identify methadone as a preferred drug for managing chronic pain, but most experts do not recommend it as a first choice.

Workforce Strategies to Improve Children’s Oral He

Workforce Strategies to Improve Children’s Oral He

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Date Published: 12/1/2014

Description: Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children. As millions receive dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the demand for dental services is expected to strain the current workforce’s ability to meet their needs. States have adopted strategies to improve access to dental care for underserved populations.

Preserving Passenger Rail Service

Preserving Passenger Rail Service

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Date Published: 12/1/2014

Description: The federal government attempted to resurrect passenger rail service by forming Amtrak in 1971. Today, the federal government and many states continue to find value in passenger rail transportation. State legislatures are using a variety of approaches to ensure quality passenger rail options.

Reducing Lies in Elections

Reducing Lies in Elections

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Date Published: 12/1/2014

Description: Regulating false statements in elections are the subject of much debate. Proponents of the regulations argue that false statements decrease voter participation and confidence in elections. Opponents argue that these laws indicate a lack of trust in voters’ ability to determine what is true or false.

Dental Sealants Can Improve Children’s Oral Health

Dental Sealants Can Improve Children’s Oral Health

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Date Published: 11/1/2014

Description: Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for U.S. children, however, most dental disease can be prevented through early identification and early and effective care, such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments. States have adopted several strategies to increase sealant use among children and remove barriers to access.

Specialty License Plates: Big Revenue or Big Contr

Specialty License Plates: Big Revenue or Big Contr

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Date Published: 11/1/2014

Description: The first specialty license plate was created in 1976, but their popularity has spiked in the last 15 years. Many people buy them to show their support for certain causes, and organizations and states have been intrigued by the revenue they generate. With specialty plates' rise in popularity, however, controversy about them also has increased.

Ensuring Quality in Health Insurance Marketplaces

Ensuring Quality in Health Insurance Marketplaces

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Date Published: 11/1/2014

Description: Health insurance marketplaces have broadened the market of potential patients for health care providers. As consumers navigate the options, states are attempting to make choosing plans easier by providing information about the nature, cost and quality of health plans in a variety of ways.

Surface Transportation Funding: 2014 Update

Surface Transportation Funding: 2014 Update

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Date Published: 11/1/2014

Description: States continue to explore and enact new approaches to transportation funding in the face of declining gas tax revenues and an uncertain federal program. The challenges include not only maintaining and operating current infrastructure, but also building new or replacing obsolete facilities.

Projected State Tax Growth in FY 2015

Projected State Tax Growth in FY 2015

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Date Published: 10/3/2014

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The fiscal brief summarizes the forecasted growth for total state tax collections as well as personal income, sales, corporate income severance, real estate transfer and miscellaneous taxes. The information is based on a survey of legislative fiscal offices in the 50 states.

STEM Learning in Afterschool Programs

STEM Learning in Afterschool Programs

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Date Published: 10/1/2014

Description: A growing gap exists between the amount of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs and the number of American students who have sufficient education and interest in these fields. To address this gap, states are considering strategies to create opportunities for K-12 students to engage in STEM.

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