Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jan 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Integrating Trauma-Informed Practices Across State Government: The Wisconsin Way

posted on Wed, Jan 31 2018 10:10 am by Brittney Crock Bauerly

A growing body of research establishes that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may negatively affect health and well-being throughout a person’s life span. The impact of ACEs, however, can be ameliorated by trauma-informed practices, such as through early childhood interventions that mitigate social and environmental risks for families and promote resilience. Wisconsin has been a leader in integrating trauma-informed policy across its state government.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Bed Bugs – They're Still Here

posted on Mon, Jan 29 2018 1:56 pm by Hanna T. Ali

A recent $3.5-million jury verdict awarded to residents of a bed-bug infested apartment complex in Los Angeles illuminates issues raised by many bed bug cases, including whether the burden to eliminate bedbugs should be placed on landlords or tenants; whether current state laws and local ordinances are effective in addressing bed bug issues and affording relief to victims; and whether these laws encourage productive behavior by landlords and tenants.

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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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