State lawmakers play a major role in advancing the quality of Americans’ lives, from helping to protect the air we breathe and water we drink, to educating our children. By researching emerging topics and developing 50-state comparisons, Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges. Pew also conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and works with states to develop data-driven, pragmatic solutions to issues such as children’s dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective, high-quality home visiting programs, public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.
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Comparing composite per-employee premiums captures both differences in the overall cost of health care per person and the impact of differences in the average household size per employee.† The average total per-employee per-month premium for coverage of employees and dependents was $963 in 2013. States paid $808 (84 percent) of the total, on average, and employees covered the remaining $155... Read More
WASHINGTON—State spending on prisoner health care increased from fiscal years 2007 to 2011, but it is trending downward from its peak in 2009, according to a new report from the State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The report, State Prison Health Care Spending: An Examination, analyzes four key... Read More
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