ACA Under Threat: The Potential Impacts of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

WebinarsHealth ReformPublic Health Statutes and Regulatory Information

June 26, 2019
by Sarah Somers

What would happen to the health of millions of Americans if the Affordable Care Act were to go away? How would some of the most vulnerable populations and those on Medicaid be affected? In this webinar, experts on the ACA will consider the upcoming 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on the constitutionality of the ACA and the impacts were it to be repealed.

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Advancing the Community Health Worker Workforce through Law and Policy

WebinarsCommunity Health Needs Assessments

June 20, 2019
by Colleen Healy Boufides

Community health workers (CHWs) are key members of both health care teams and the public health workforce and, with their close understanding of the communities they serve, are uniquely suited to help address root causes of poor health. As the CHW workforce grows, continuously evolving state laws and policies have the potential to improve public understanding of the CHW role and facilitate sustainable financing for CHWs.

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Measles Outbreak: Public Health Authority, New York City’s Immunization Mandate, and the Current Legislative Landscape

WebinarsEmergency Legal Preparedness and Response

June 4, 2019
by Donna Levin

The U.S. is experiencing its highest number of measles cases in 25 years and researchers anticipate additional outbreaks, with Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami listed among the cities at high risk. Cities and states across the U.S. have been challenged by efforts to contain the spread of this highly contagious disease. Some states have moved to prohibit all vaccine exemptions while other are considering it. Other jurisdictions have felt the need to take more urgent actions, including New York City, which declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory vaccination.

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Undocumented Immigrants and Patient Privacy Laws

Issue BriefHealth Information and Data Sharing

June 4, 2019
by Kathleen Hoke and Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Concern over immigration enforcement can prevent immigrants from obtaining needed health care. Many immigrants worry that health workers will share their undocumented status with immigration authorities. Removing barriers to immigrants’ utilization of preventative and other health care services is important for public health. This issue brief explores relevant federal and state health privacy laws and how they apply to undocumented immigrants and provides information on health care providers’ rights and responsibilities when providing health care to immigrants.

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