Samantha-Jane Harris

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Diversity in leadership is vital to an effective and representative government that understands the needs of all its constituents. However, despite being the largest age demographic in the United States, millennials are few and far between in statehouses across the country. In many states, the average age of a legislator is significantly older than the average age of the state’s population. This discrepancy might cause misrepresentation of the population’s policy interests, resulting in unmet needs for millennials.

In September, the U.S. Census Bureau released the highly anticipated Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014 report and the Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014 report. The Census Bureau’s annual survey of health insurance coverage found that significantly fewer American adults remained without health insurance in 2014 compared to the year before.

In health, states increasingly look to prevention and early intervention as ways to provide better health outcomes and to reduce health costs. Models of mental health care reform also are moving toward a complete behavioral health system with the goal of providing patients with early access to treatment.

On Sept. 21, news that Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a 62-year-old drug by 4,000 percent overnight made headlines. The drug, Daraprim, is critical to the care of HIV and AIDS patients. The sharp rise in price from $18 to $750 per pill is part of the all-too-familiar trend of drug-price spiking in the United States and highlights concerns about the sustainability of health care.

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