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Issue Brief: Accountable Health Communities Model

The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model is designed to address some of the social determinants of health. This issue brief provides detail on the components of the AHC Model and how organizations can submit proposals for funding to support their work under these components.

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From the Public Health Law Blog

Equity in Action: Operationalizing Processes in State Governance

The Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics recently published a special supplement with articles exploring critical topics discussed at the 2018 National Public Health Law Conference. In this Q&A, the co-authors of the article, “Equity in Action: Operationalizing Processes in State Governance” discuss their article, which examines efforts to embed an equity lens in legislated and non-legislated policies and practices in three states and describes progress and lessons learned and offers guidance to others.

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

June 26, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. 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upcoming 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on the constitutionality of the ACA and the impacts were it to be repealed. View the playback.

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From the Legal Assistance Library

Addressing Vision and Hearing Problems in Low-Income Children

The Network was contacted by a public health practitioner looking for research on vision and hearing problems in low-income children, and access to screening and other services.

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Primary Legal Issues

Over the next five years, public health practitioners will be addressing questions such as:

  • How will changes to health care access and coverage impact how state and local public health authorities protect vulnerable populations?
  • What menu labeling standards will be applied to restaurant chains? 
  • How will employers implement “reasonable break times” for nursing mothers?
  • How will private and public insurers implement and inform their enrollees about provisions to enhance preventive and community health, including:
    • Requirements for private insurers to cover all recommended preventive care and vaccines without charging co-payments;
    • Requirements for Medicare to cover free annual physical examinations; and
    • Requirements for Medicaid to cover drugs and counseling to help pregnant women stop smoking?
  • How will the Act’s “prevention and health fund” be allotted to state and local governments?
  • How will Community Transformation Grants be used to support environmental, programmatic and policy changes to promote healthy living and reduce disparities?
  • How will broad data collection requirements for federally funded entities be implemented to ensure reporting by race, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, socioeconomic status, primary language and disability?
  • How will state and local governments respond to increased federal efforts to determine how to allocate and distribute health care and public health services?

Technical Assistance Capacity

Network attorneys are able to provide technical assistance and training on the above questions as well as broader issues related to health reform and public health. The Network has access to professionals who have worked with a variety of stakeholders to improve their understanding of laws affecting public health care delivery and access, outreach, quality and performance, wellness and prevention, and fraud and abuse. These professionals have provided national and state-based policy-makers and advocates with introductory and in-depth analysis and technical assistance as health reforms have been enacted and implemented. They are also participating in numerous technical advisory groups focusing on federal and state implementation of national health reform provisions. Staff members are also monitoring litigation currently underway to challenge national health reform in federal and state courts

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