Public Health Law Blog Archive

Dec 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Negative Impacts of Eliminating ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

posted on Fri, Dec 15 2017 3:25 pm by Daniel Young and Mara Youdelman

Nearly 4.7 million Americans, including 1.3 million new enrollees, signed up for health care through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, and polling indicates the public has a favorable opinion of the law. Nevertheless, after failing in their full-scale attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration continue to put individual pieces of the legislation at risk of elimination.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tax Incentives as a Tool to Promote Public Health

posted on Thu, Dec 14 2017 3:07 pm by Network for Public Health Law

Tax incentives can be an effective legal intervention for advancing the public’s health. In this Q&A, Mathew Swinburne, Associate Director at the Network's Eastern Region Office, discusses ways in which tax deductions are being used to address a key barrier to improving the health status of ex-offenders: the inability to secure employment because of conviction status.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New HIPAA Guidance Promotes Information-Sharing to Support Recovery from Opioid Addiction

posted on Wed, Dec 6 2017 2:46 pm by Hanna T. Ali

New guidelines released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in October clarify when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information with family members, friends and legal representatives of those who are struggling with opioid addiction. The HIPAA Privacy Rule is often cited as a reason to refuse access to a patient’s health information, sometimes appropriately, but often not. Understanding when and how healthcare providers can share patient information with family members, friends, and legal representatives without violating the HIPAA Privacy Rule is therefore a critical component to addressing the opioid crisis and providing care to those affected.

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