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States Focus On Comprehensive Approach To Reduce Tobacco Use

Tobacco use primarily starts in adolescence. A new paper from the National Governors Association outlines a multi-pronged approach states can adopt to prevent, control and reduce tobacco use, yielding savings in health care spending.

States Improve Health Care Data Flow

Three states will receive support to address policy issues that limit the flow of health care data among providers through a new NGA opportunity.

The Future of Medicaid Transformation: A Practical Guide for States

The Future of Medicaid Transformation: A Practical Guide for States is the end product of an 18-month NGA policy academy and provides a framework for how states can design statewide transformation proposals that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is likely to approve.


The NGA Center for Best Practices Health Division provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff across a range of policy issues. The health division covers issues in the areas of health care service delivery and reform, including payment reform, health workforce planning, quality improvement, and public health and behavioral health integration within the medical delivery system. Other focus areas include Medicaid cost containment, state employee and retiree health benefits, maternal and child health, prescription drug abuse prevention and health insurance exchange planning.