Executive Decision Making and
Liability for Public Health Officials
January 25, 1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
For the first time, the federal government has given a state permission to impose work requirements as a condition for Medicaid coverage. As troubling as these policy developments are, there is a more disturbing assumption underlying them. In its efforts to justify work requirements as a legitimate feature of a Medicaid program, the administration relies on a distorted concept of the social determinants of health.
Despite drastic expansion of marijuana legalization throughout U.S. states in recent years, federal guidance issued in January 2018 is at odds with this movement, imparting legal uncertainty on the future of the marijuana industry. This Issue Brief reviews the current federal legal framework regarding marijuana control and explores possible options for federal, state, and local governments in the near future.
At the Network, we are hopeful as we look forward to the year ahead. We see organizations across the country of every size and stripe working tirelessly, despite threats and challenges from numerous fronts, to ensure that ALL Americans are given a fair chance to live healthy and productive lives. At its core, health justice is about addressing the systemic inequities that create conditions for poor health outcomes. While it has always been central to what we do, in 2018 the Network will prioritize efforts and initiatives that identify and address discriminatory laws, policies and other systemic mechanisms that lead to disadvantage and disparities in the health of communities.