Public Health Law Blog

Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction Law and Policy Update

posted on Thu, Mar 21 2019 4:00 pm by Corey Davis

The increase in drug-related harm that began over two decades ago continues to impact individuals and communities across the country. Partly due to this unprecedented and continuing rise in overdose-related harm, states and communities have taken a number of legal and policy steps to improve access to prevention and treatment. This post provides a few highlights, in no particular order.

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What’s Old Is New Again: Eastern Regional Meeting

posted on Wed, Mar 13 2019 3:06 pm by Megan Griest

In February, the Network’s Eastern Region Office hosted a day-long event with leaders, policymakers and practitioners to examine key challenges facing the public health community. Issues discussed included immigrant health; the impact of preemption on public health; same sex domestic violence protections; marijuana advertising regulations; and Congressional public health priorities.

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Public Health Law News Round-Up – February 2019

posted on Wed, Mar 13 2019 2:58 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Public health law and policy stories that made headlines recently include proposed legislation in Hawaii to ban cigarettes; the Trump administration’s campaign to end HIV; rising maternal mortality rates; legislation in Utah that reduces a Medicaid expansion previously approved by voters; research on the effectiveness of soda taxes; and how some parents are circumventing vaccine laws.

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Q&A on Legal Considerations for Community Health Workers and their Employers

posted on Thu, Feb 28 2019 9:38 am by The Network for Public Health Law

In this Q & A, Heather McCabe, JD, MSW, Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work and Colleen Healy Boufides, J.D., Senior Attorney, Network for Public Health Law Mid-States Region Office comment on some of the key issues addressed in their legal brief, “Legal Considerations for Community Health Workers and their Employers.”

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Expanding Scope of Practice for Health Care Providers: Improved Access and Cost Savings for Patients

posted on Thu, Feb 28 2019 9:15 am by Mellissa Sager

With the cost of care in the United States skyrocketing and millions of individuals struggling to access care at all, policymakers must consider new ways to get patients in front of providers at a lower cost. One way in which states have taken action is through scope of practice expansions for health professionals.  

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National School Lunch Program – More Flexibility; Less Nutrition

posted on Tue, Feb 26 2019 1:09 pm by Michelle Castagne and Leila Barraza

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was last modified in 2012 by the Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, which established nutrition standards for school meals consistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The USDA has announced that it will soon implement less stringent standards for school lunch nutrition regarding the requirements for whole grains, sodium, and milk.

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Executive Action as a Tool for Promoting Evidence-Based Public Health Decision-Making

posted on Tue, Feb 12 2019 10:16 am by Colleen Healy Boufides

Gubernatorial executive orders and directives can serve as powerful tools for furthering public health goals. In addition to directing public health agency activities, establishing policies and priorities, and responding to emergencies, executive orders or directives can also play a role in shaping agency culture to promote effective public health decision-making.

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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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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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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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