Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jan 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Medicaid and Work Requirements – Kentucky’s “Experiment"

posted on Wed, Jan 17 2018 12:54 pm by Sarah Somers

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.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Public Health Emergency Declaration Falls Short of Expanding Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Rural Communities

posted on Mon, Jan 8 2018 4:14 pm by Carli Suba

The number of Americans affected by the opioid epidemic has reached staggering rates.  In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdoses than died through the entirety of the Vietnam War.  Fortunately, there is an effective, evidence-based way of treating opioid use disorder (OUD) – treatment with the medications methadone and buprenorphine, which is termed medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

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