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Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

How Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act are Helping States Address Opioid Overdose

In 2015, 33,091 Americans died of accidental opioid overdose, that’s more deaths than from car crashes or guns. Early interventions to prevent and treat substance use disorder and opioid use disorder, save lives and resources. Although access to evidence-based prevention and treatment remains far below where it should be, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act have been instrumental in improving it.

Public Health Law News Roundup - February

Some of the public health law and policy issues that made headlines in February include the impact of Mexico’s soda tax, new federal rules to better serve patients of home health agencies, and proposed changes to CDC’s quarantine powers.


Health Related Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965, which first established the federal government’s role in U.S. education. The ESSA contains a number of provisions aimed at improving health, mental health and safety in America’s schools. The current implementation process for ESSA may provide opportunities for public health officials and advocates to collaborate with education leaders. This issue brief provides an overview of sections relevant to public health in the ESSA.


Expanding Contraceptive Access: Developing and Implementing State-based Approaches ― March 16 at 1 p.m. (ET)

Reproductive health services—including ensuring access to contraceptives—are critical to safeguarding and promoting public health. While the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 ushered in national legal and policy changes for contraceptive coverage, states have played a key role in expanding access to contraceptives through a range of activities and strategies, including insurance and coverage requirements. This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, will focus on the critical role of state health departments in shaping, advocating for, and implementing unique policies and programs to expand contraceptive access to their residents.

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Regulation of Pain Clinics versus Marijuana Dispensaries

A requestor recently contacted the Network for information about the differences and similarities in the regulation of pain clinics and marijuana dispensaries in Michigan. The Network located guidelines for pain treatment and reporting requirements for opioids and other controlled substances, and identified the Michigan statutes and laws that govern the use and distribution of medical marijuana as well as the licensing and regulation of medical marijuana facilities.

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Policy Surveillance Summer Institute

Registration is now open for the 2017 Policy Surveillance Summer Institute, June 8-9 in Philadelphia. The Institute is a two-day intensive training on advanced and introductory policy surveillance methods. It is intended for individuals interested in tracking policies and laws as they are enacted and change across jurisdictions (at the city, county, state level) and over time.


Public Health Law and Policy Program – Research Scholar

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is seeking applicants for research scholar in its Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP) Program. Candidates will work full-time with a collaborative team of faculty, fellows and students on national and regional public health policy projects. The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

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