Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jan 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Medicaid and Spending Caps – A Bad Idea that Won’t Go Away

posted on Thu, Jan 31 2019 8:49 am by Sarah Somers

Recent reports from news media assert the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working on plans to radically change the way that state Medicaid programs are funded – without the requisite changes in the law. If CMS goes ahead with this plan, it would give states permission to strictly limit spending on their Medicaid programs, which has the potential to negatively impact public health in significant ways.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Public Health Law News Round-Up – January 2019

posted on Tue, Jan 29 2019 2:27 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Public health law and policy stories that made headlines recently examined the disproportionally high maternity mortality rates for African American women, the lack of access to mental health care for children, New York’s worst measles outbreak in decades, states’ efforts to address the opioid crisis, Philadelphia’s new plan to curb gun violence, and a Missouri law that connects animal abuse and domestic violence.  

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Public Health Pushes Back Against Proposed EPA Rule

posted on Tue, Jan 22 2019 2:35 pm by Brian Brooks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation that could undermine the agency’s mission to protect human and environmental health. This regulation could preclude the EPA from consulting pertinent studies, decreasing the quality of the data on which it bases its regulatory decisions. 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Ebola Outbreak 2018-2019: An Escalating Health Crisis

posted on Tue, Jan 15 2019 1:53 pm by Chelsea Gulinson

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is experiencing its 10th outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). As of January 2, 2019, 608 individuals have been infected, 368 of whom have died. Already, the outbreak is the “second-deadliest and second-largest in history.” Federal, state, tribal, and local governments should stay well informed of outbreak developments and should review their plans and procedures for response to the potential spread of EVD to the U.S.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative Provides a Blueprint for Improving Medicaid Prenatal Care

posted on Wed, Jan 9 2019 1:18 pm by Daniel Young

Timely, evidence-based prenatal care dramatically improves health outcomes for pregnant women as well as their babies. However, many women in the United States lack access to timely and adequate prenatal care.  Lack of access to care is particularly prevalent among women of color as well as younger women, exacerbating existing inequities.

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