Public Health Law Blog Archive

Nov 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: A New Era for LGBT Nondiscrimination

posted on Tue, Nov 22 2016 12:42 pm by Katie Keith

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently finalized new regulations under the Affordable Care Act to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people. The scope of the new rule is significant and ushers in the most remarkable health care protections for LGBT people in history. 

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Veterans and Telemental Health

posted on Tue, Nov 8 2016 12:53 pm by Brittney Crock Bauerly

The VA has increasingly embraced telehealth as a critical tool to improve veterans’ access to care and its extensive Telemental Health Program is considered one of the largest telemental health networks in the world. It’s important to note that the VA does not face some of the regulatory challenges that are barriers to other telehealth programs.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Natural Experiments to Address Prescription Drug Misuse

posted on Mon, Nov 7 2016 2:10 pm by Lainie Rutkow

With almost 19,000 U.S. deaths associated with opioid pain relievers in 2014, prescription drug misuse and illicit use are one of today’s most pressing public health challenges. Laws intended to reduce prescription opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose are rapidly proliferating, and have given rise to a series of natural experiments in the United States.

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End-of-Life Issues…A Public Health Challenge

posted on Mon, Nov 7 2016 10:08 am by Barak Wolff

The aging of baby boomers has brought about a renewed focus on end-of-life issues, including advance care directives, palliative care, hospice, and aid in dying (AID). End-of-life decisions are ultimately personal. Most options are supported by both state and federal laws, but AID remains an option that’s legal in only a few states.

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