Public Health Law Blog Archive

Dec 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What School Nurses Really Do: Realizing the Power of School Nursing in Public Health

posted on Wed, Dec 19 2018 11:04 am by Kerri Lowrey and Donna Mazyck

School nurses understand the complexities between physical and mental wellbeing and academic achievement, and can play a critical role in advancing child and adolescent health — including expanding access to care for many children. However, laws across the country do not yet recognize the importance of school nurses, and only one state requires a full-time registered nurse in every school.

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Eliminating Library Late Fees and Overdue Fines to Increase Health Equity

posted on Wed, Dec 19 2018 10:08 am by Jill Krueger

As recognized by Healthy People 2020, reading makes a critical contribution to health. One principal way libraries promote health is through supporting literacy in early childhood, and access to books for parents, children, young adults, adults and seniors. However, overdue fines can present barriers to accessing library resources. Communities throughout the country are increasingly implementing policy and programmatic approaches to address these fines.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Texas Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act: The Ruling and What to Expect

posted on Mon, Dec 17 2018 11:30 am by Sarah Somers, J.D., M.P.H., and Jane Perkins, J.D., M.P.H.

A federal district court judge in Texas recently struck down the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as unconstitutional and found that the rest of the Act was not severable and struck it down, too. Here’s our overview of the decision and what’s to come.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Medicaid Managed Care and Social Determinants of Health

posted on Tue, Dec 4 2018 4:43 pm by Sarah Somers

In recent years, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicaid program, has encouraged states to use Medicaid-managed care for coverage of non-health services that can impact the social determinants of health. Some states, like North Carolina, have used special waivers available under the program to pilot innovative new programs.

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Public Health Law News Round-Up – November 2018

posted on Tue, Dec 4 2018 2:30 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Some of the public health law and policy stories that made headlines recently include statewide initiatives to combat premature births; the midterm election results and Medicaid expansion; childhood trauma as a public health crisis; FDA crackdown on menthol in tobacco; changes to the SNAP program that may worsen food insecurity; concern over a major chickenpox outbreak in North Carolina; and one city’s success in lowering their overdose rate by 50%.  

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