From: The Council of State Governments
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Capitol Research: Affordable Care Act; Diabetes; State Business Incentives
Date: Wed Jul 31 18:09:43 MDT 2013

July 2013


The Council of State Governments is pleased to offer state leaders a variety of publications focused on today's most important policy issues. Through CSG's Capitol Research series, CSG policy experts examine the ways key issues are impacting your state, how the issues are evolving and how your state can respond--now and in the future. A complete list of available resources can be found on the CSG Knowledge Center.

How States are Implementing Key       Affordable Care Act Provisions
ACA July 2013

States have pursued different options under the Affordable Care Act. These regional briefs graphically display states' decisions on implementation of health insurance exchanges. Twenty-six states have defaulted to federal operation of the exchanges. The briefs also display states' decisions on expanding Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of the federal poverty level and the extent to which potentially eligible people will qualify for Medicaid health insurance on Jan. 1, 2014. To date, 24 states are moving forward with Medicaid expansion.  More... 

Diabetes: A Costly Epidemic


Diabetes CR July 2013

Nineteen million people in the United States had been diagnosed with type I or type II diabetes in 2010, although the number of people diagnosed varies by region. Diabetes costs the U.S. $245 billion in 2012 in both direct and indirect costs. Costs associated with diabetes also vary by region. Direct costs include such things as hospital or nursing home stays, ambulance services and home health services, as well as insulin and other diabetic supplies and treatments, while indirect medical costs refer to absenteeism, unemployment and reduced productivity. More... 


Trends in Midwestern State 
Business Incentives
MW state business incentives

Since the Great Recession began, states have faced high levels of unemployment, an increased demand for safety net services and a volatile revenue base. Although the past two years have brought some improvements, the number one question on state policymakers' minds continues to be this: What can we do to encourage job growth? More...

Cellphones and Distracted Driving
cellphones and distracted driving

Distracted driving killed more than 3,000 people in 2011, accounting for 10 percent of traffic related deaths in the U.S. The high death toll has sparked an increase in laws that crack down on elements related to distracted driving, such as texting or using a handheld device. Despite the strict laws, 31 percent of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported reading or sending a text message or email while driving at least once within 30 days of the responding to the survey. States are now focusing on new strategies to combat distracted driving.  More... 

Nurse Licensure Criminal Background Checks
nurse criminal background checks

The role of state boards of nursing is to protect the public and ensure that those who are licensed are qualified and safe to practice. These state boards license nearly 4.2 million nurses and have different requirements for candidates about disclosing their criminal backgrounds. These requirements include criminal background checks that may be conducted at the state or federal level, and may be based on name, Social Security number, fingerprints or by another state-specific method. More... 


Governors' Salaries, 2013
gov salaries

The Council of State Governments has been collecting data on governors' salaries forThe Book of the States since 1937. In recent years, the average governor's salary has grown more slowly than in the past, with a number of states cutting their chief executive's pay during and after the Great Recession.  More... 

Transportation Funding Commissions II

transportation funding ii

In a 2012 Capitol Research brief and The Book of the States article, CSG's Sean Slone took a look at the work of transportation funding commissions that concluded their work in 2011 in four states: Iowa, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington. This brief examines the work of five more commissions that issued their recommendations in 2012. More...

From the Blog: Minnesota Official Discusses Efforts to Sell Transportation Investment  


Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle has long been thinking about his state's transportation future and is now the man in charge of making the case for additional investment to the public and policymakers. Zelle spoke about his mission and the state's transportation challenges during a public policy roundtable at CSG Midwest's Annual Conference in St. Paul. More...

From the Blog: Introducing The Book of the States Archive

BOS CR July 2013

CSG is pleased to announce that the entire archive of The Book of the States dating back to 1935 is now available online in its entirety.  Each of the past 44 volumes is available in its entirety, including tables and articles. More...


In This Issue
» How States are Implementing Key Affordable Care Act Provisions
» Diabetes: A Costly Epidemic
» Trends in Midwestern State Business Incentives
» Cellphones and Distracted Driving
» Nurse Licensure Criminal Background Checks
» Governors' Salaries, 2013
» Transportation Funding Commissions II
» From the Blog: Minnesota Official Discusses Efforts to Sell Transportation Investment
» From the Blog: Introducing The Book of the States Archive




States Turn to Taxes on Green Vehicles for Roads »


Mississippi Study Documents Decline in Childhood Obesity » 


Study Now, Pay Later: Oregon Legislature Adopts Tuition Plan »


Maine's Governor, Legislators Push for Review of Rail Regs. »


Wisconsin Wins Accreditation for Competency-Based Degrees »


Nurse Practitioners Gain Full Practice in Nevada »

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