July 2013Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act: Implications for States and Tribes
New provisions in the Violence Against Women Act extend tribal authority, which had been restricted since a 1978 Supreme Court decision. States with tribes that accept this authority could experience increases in cost savings, access to federal grants, jurisdictional clarity and public safety.Navigating Health Insurance Exchanges
An estimated 7 million Americans will receive private health insurance coverage through health benefit exchanges beginning in 2014 under provisions of the ACA. With such a dramatic increase in the number eligible for coverage, the ACA also contains provisions to create consumer assistance.Reaching Renewable Energy Targets: Addressing Integration Challenges
The use of renewable energy continues to grow at an extraordinary pace. Falling renewable energy costs, federal incentives and state policies are driving this growth and prompting many states to help utilities integrate renewable energy sources into the electric grid.Natural Disasters and Environmental Health
Natural disasters hit every state, leaving behind damaged communities, broken infrastructure and suffering populations. States continually plan against such disasters, but the work doesn’t stop there; they must also protect communities from post-disaster dangers.