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    • Stateline Story
    July 29, 2003
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    Thirty-four state legislatures debated medical malpractice reform this year, and nine states Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas, Utah and West Virginia -- enacted laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. State lawmakers and policy analysts expect the issue to return next year. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 2, 2003
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    From miracle drugs that cure cancer to genetically-modified foods, the multi-billion dollar biotechnology industry is hot, and states are doing their best to get a piece of the action. Nine governors and more than a dozen states used the Biotechnology Industry Organizations annual Washington DC meeting to aggressively woo the industry. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 25, 2003
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    State public health and wildlife officials were surprised by the recent outbreak of monkeypox in the Midwest. They say it shed light on the mishmash of state laws that regulate exotic pets and is causing some states to rethink or consider new policies. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 19, 2003
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    In a decision closely watched by dozens of states, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday cleared the way for Maine to implement Maine Rx, a trail-blazing program that enables the state to offer discounted prescription drugs to the working poor and elderly people. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 14, 2003
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    State public health officials are prepping for another bout with West Nile virus, the mosquito-born illness that infected 4,156 humans and killed 284 in 46 states last year. Cash-strapped states believe additional federal funds and intense public information campaigns could help curb the disease thats spread swiftly across the country since it first appeared in New York in 1999. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 8, 2003
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    States are struggling to comply with new federal medical privacy rules that set standards for using and shielding medical information. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, aims to bring consistency to a patchwork of state laws affecting health care privacy, security and administration procedures. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 24, 2003
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    Smoking bans gathered legislative momentum this year as New York joined California, Delaware and Florida in outlawing smoking in the workplace as well as restaurants and bars. Lawmakers in 35 states introduced clean indoor air bills this session, leading policy analysts to conclude that the issue is here to stay. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 11, 2003
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    Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the potentially deadly flu-like illness that originated in China, is testing more than public health officials nerves. Its also testing communications networks that states have established to exchange information in the event of a bio-terror attack. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 31, 2003
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    Twenty year-old medical technology could save hundreds of thousands of Americans who die from cardiac arrest each year, but legal barriers have stymied its use. Now Virginia is taking the lead in trying to remove these barriers. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 21, 2003
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    Three of the eight medical marijuana measures introduced in state legislatures this session have been snuffed out, but bills that would ease restrictions on therapeutic use of the drug are advancing in Vermont and Maryland. more

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