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    • Stateline Story
    September 7, 2004
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    States legally can share fire trucks and helicopters in emergencies, but not medical expertise. But some states are working to change that, particularly in case of a bioterrorist event such as a smallpox outbreak or anthrax attack. Nebraska and nine other states are working on mutual aid agreements to share doctors and laboratories in times of emergency. And the Southern Governors Association has been developing digital connections that project leaders hope will be the beginning of a national health highway system. more

    • Stateline Story
    September 2, 2004
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    Americans growing thirst for bottled water is leading a handful of states, most recently Illinois, to push ahead of the federal government in regulating the purity of purchased H2O. more

    • Stateline Story
    August 26, 2004
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    Just-released national statistics on health insurance coverage and poverty rates show Texas once again leads the nation with the highest rate of uninsured residents, followed closely by New Mexico. The poverty rate decreased in Mississippi and North Dakota, but increased in Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia in 2003. The statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau give a state-by-state snapshot. more

    • Stateline Story
    August 26, 2004
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    A new Wisconsin initiative to boost organ donations in the state by giving an income-tax deduction to living donors is gaining steam in statehouses across the country. Since January, Georgia lawmakers approved an identical bill, and similar measures have been introduced in 10 other states. more

    • Stateline Story
    August 25, 2004
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    Tensions are rising between a growing number of states that are helping citizens import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and the federal government, which maintains that importing drugs from abroad is dangerous and illegal. Stateline.org spoke with William Hubbard, associate commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, about Illinois broad new plan to join a handful of states in defying the federal ban on drug imports, the U.S. Customs Services recent seizure of a foreign drug shipment, and FDA threats to take legal action. more

    • Stateline Story
    August 16, 2004
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    Hundreds of poor, uninsured people with HIV and AIDS in dozens of states are without access to life-sustaining medicines because state and federal funding levels cant meet the demand for service. Several states are banking on a quick infusion of federal cash to deliver AIDS drugs to more patients, but the search still is on for a long-term solution. more

    • Stateline Story
    August 12, 2004
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    California voters are being asked to take sides in the ethical debate over using embryonic stem cells for research, an issue that is gravitating from the nation's capital to state capitals. Several state legislatures have taken up the divisive issue, which also has emerged in the presidential campaign. (See also: Voters split on stem cell measure, poll finds, The Sacramento Bee) more

    • Stateline Story
    July 30, 2004
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    If John Kerry is elected president, Democrats foresee a new partnership between the federal government and states. The U.S. senator from Massachusetts accepted his party's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, and he and his supporters said a Kerry White House would pursue new strategies to create jobs, lessen health care costs and boost state economies. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 22, 2004
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    At a time when health care spending is an enormous drain on most states coffers, Delaware is doubling its funding for an ambitious cancer initiative that stands out as an example of novel health coverage on a tight budget. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 19, 2004
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    States must act to help the elderly enjoy their golden years with dignity and good health care, U.S. governors agreed Sunday. At the National Governors Association annual meeting, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) listed 20 ways governors can improve lives of the aging and disabled. more

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