NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

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Health Care Costs 101: What’s a State to Do?

Health care costs continue to be a top priority for state legislators and their constituents. However, addressing those costs—and understanding what drives them—can be a complicated task. This webinar will feature national and state perspectives on tackling major cost issues, including commercial health care prices and improving efficiencies within the health care system. Speaker: Michael Chernew, PhD,  professor, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Senator Bryan Townsend, Delaware and Grant Thomas, director, Georgia Office of Health Strategy and Coordination

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State Actions to Increase Access to Supportive Housing

To improve the health of individuals experiencing homelessness and reduce associated health care costs, many states are leveraging COVID-19 relief and other funds to provide permanent supportive housing. This type of low-barrier, affordable housing provides health care and support services, such as case management, child care and employment assistance. Featuring national and state perspectives, this webinar will explore the landscape of permanent supportive housing and highlight several state legislative actions.

This webinar is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $767,749 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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Examining Policies’ Effects on Public Health

Decisions made in sectors outside of public health and health care—education, housing and employment, for example—can directly affect the factors that shape people’s health. Some jurisdictions use tools such as a “health notes,” health impact reviews and demographic notes to examine the potential health and equity implications of proposed legislation and policies in a range of sectors. This webinar will discuss how health notes were developed and the content they include. Respondents will also have a chance to highlight how they have used health analyses in their legislatures.

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Telehealth: A Flash in the Pan(demic) or Here for the Long Haul?

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients, providers, payers and policymakers looked to telehealth to ensure continuity of care. All 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico modified their telehealth policies in response to COVID-19—but many of these actions were temporary during the declared state of emergency. Learn about the myriad changes to telehealth policies during the pandemic and which of these changes may stick around for the long haul.

Speakers include Mei Wa Kwong, Center for Connected Health Policy, Heather Dimeris, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, HRSA, Senator Virginia Lyons (D-Vt.), Representative Regina Cobb (R-Ariz.)

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How States Are Preparing for Opioid Settlement Funds

Learn ways policymakers can manage opioid settlement funds to ensure they best serve communities affected by the opioid crisis.

Information as of May 2021.

Speakers inlcude Charlie Severance-Medaris, NCSL, Representative Dave Baker (R-Minn.), Assemblymember John McDonald (D-N.Y.), Senator Roger Thompson (R-Okla.) and Sara Dube, Results First Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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