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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.

Treating Hepatitis C

Treating Hepatitis C

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Date Published: 10/1/2014

Description: Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver disease, including liver cancers and failure. However, new treatments for hepatitis C are curing more people than before. State lawmakers are considering ways to increase awareness and screenings in key populations and in state-supported programs such as Medicaid.

Reducing State Employee Health Insurance Costs

Reducing State Employee Health Insurance Costs

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Date Published: 10/1/2014

Description: State employee health insurance costs represent a significant portion of states’ overall health spending. The rising cost of health coverage for state employees has some state policymakers looking for ways to not only slow increasing costs, but also to improve employees’ health.

Improving Voter Turnout

Improving Voter Turnout

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Date Published: 10/1/2014

Description: After a big election, candidates and the public look for two things: Who won and the voter turnout. It often is difficult to pinpoint policies that may increase voter turnout, but legislators and others are interested in any measures that might make a noticeable change.

WIC: Supporting the Health and Nutrition of Pregna

WIC: Supporting the Health and Nutrition of Pregna

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Date Published: 9/1/2014

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The WIC program provides food, health care referrals and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant and postpartum women. The program is up for renewal in 2015, and among the topics of consideration are the low national participation rate, the federal requirement that all WIC agencies implement an EBT system, and the effect of increasing food prices on program funding.

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