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State eNews Issue #37 | January 6, 2010

As states brace for changes that could come with federal health care reform, many state officials are concerned about the cost.

But that’s only part of the challenge, said Alan Weil, executive director of the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy based in Washington, D.C.

“Obviously states are struggling under the burden of financing programs they already run,” Weil said. “...

State eNews Issue #37 | January 6, 2010

States are starting to see an influx of investment in broadband from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Obama administration on Dec. 17 announced $183 million in the first round of stimulus funds would go to 18 broadband projects in 17 states. Of the initial awards, $121.6 million went to middle mile projects, those connections to communities lacking sufficient broadband access...

State eNews Issue #37 | January 6, 2010

With the new year comes new funding opportunities for controversial needle exchange programs targeting injection drug users and meant to combat the spread of diseases—mainly HIV/AIDS—passed  through dirty needles.

Some states such as New York have hosted these needle swaps for years, praising their ability to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne diseases by providing clean syringes to...