Prevention and Public Health

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments:
(1) urges the President to provide focused leadership domestically to reduce health disparities, particularly as they relate to HIV/AIDS;

(2) requests the Congress to increase funding for state and local grant programs authorized by the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, especially to assure funding for faith-based initiatives providing culturally and linguistically competent prevention and treatment programs;

(3) calls on the Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that AIDS Drug Assistance Program funding counts towards an individual’s out-of-pocket contributions for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part D;

(4) encourages the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue guidance requiring that all states’ Medicaid preferred drug lists provide prompt access to HIV/AIDS treatments consistent with established HIV treatment protocols;

(5) urges the Congress to provide increased funding to the Department of Health and Human Services and relevant agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Human Resources and Services Administration.
 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports and encourages states to enforce existing U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations that prohibit serving foods of minimal nutritional value during mealtimes in school food service areas, including vending machines.

 

BE IT NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages state legislators and other elected leaders to support and promote state-wide efforts to develop and implement their state’s comprehensive cancer control plan.
 

This Act limits prohibits schools from offering or providing access to students in kindergarten through high school foods containing artificial trans fat. The measure applies to vending machines and schools’ food service establishments before and during school hours.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that due to the potentially serious health impacts of climate change, The Council of State Governments urges state and local policymakers to consider policies and programs that support public health actions to prepare for and address health risks related to climate change.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges state and local policymakers to consider and adopt policies and programs that address the public health effects of climate change on vulnerable populations.
 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments encourages states and the federal government to support smoking cessation initiatives and the coverage of smoking cessation therapies to assist individuals in their efforts to quit smoking while reducing the cost burden of the complications from tobacco use on the Medicaid program and the economy;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments urges state legislatures and state health officials to include the coverage of smoking cessation programs and treatments in their prevention and wellness initiatives with the goal of decreasing total health costs while improving the productivity of employees.
 

NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports the NLGA effort and the ‘Ending Cervical Cancer in our Lifetime’ campaign, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that state officials support comprehensive education on the established facts regarding cervical cancer including abstinence, Pap testing and its availability, and the availability of a HPV vaccine, and that this support may be in the form of personal initiative, legislative, budgetary or executive authority, and

Suggested State Legislation: This Act enables small employer insurance carriers to offer premium credits or discounts to small companies whose employees participate in wellness or disease management programs.

Suggested State Legislation:  This Act requires the state department of public health to implement policies and procedures for health care providers and health care facilities in the state to help prevent and control Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs).

Suggested State Legislation:  This Act creates a Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank for postnatal tissue and fluid and creates a Commission for Saving the Cure. The legislation directs the Commission for Saving the Cure to develop a program to educate pregnant patients with respect to the banking of postnatal tissue and fluid.

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