The Potential Impacts of the
Midterm Elections on Public Health
November 29, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Many states allow for license suspension as a punishment for non-payment of fees and fines related to traffic offenses. These suspensions often have significant public health impacts, some of which seem obvious—people need transportation to access medical care and medicines, which of course, has an effect on public health. But a closer look reveals a plethora of other negative consequences that impact public health.
Lead exposure remains the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in the United States. Despite the prevalence of lead in U.S. homes and infrastructure and the well-known harms associated with childhood lead exposure, lead screenings are not performed consistently. This issue brief examines existing legal screening requirements in Illinois and Ohio (including state laws and Medicaid requirements) and explores legal and non-legal strategies for improving lead screening rates in these states.