Network Report

7-9-15

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

King v. Burwell: The Supreme Court Decision and the Future of the ACA

On June 25, the Supreme Court upheld a key element of the Affordable Care Act, allowing millions of low- and middle-income Americans to use any exchange – state or federal – to enroll in a health plan and obtain financial assistance to pay their health insurance premiums. How will the Court’s decision impact the federal exchange, Medicaid, and future ACA litigation?

The FDA’s Amendment of the Produce Safety Regulations

In 2013, the FDA released its proposed food safety regulations for public comment, as required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The public had a wide range of feedback and practical concerns regarding the agency's first attempt to establish science-based minimum standards for the production and harvesting of produce. As a result, the FDA made a number of revisions to the regulations.

Public Health Law Resources

FSMA Primer: Standards for Produce Safety

A number of revisions were made to the FDA’s proposed food safety regulations, including an increase in the number of small farms that would be exempt from regulations, updated agriculture water safety standards, and a change to safety standards for the application of raw manure. This primer outlines some key provisions of the food safety regulations, along with recent revisions.

Florida’s Overdose Prevention Legislation

In 2012, more than 2,600 Floridians where killed by drug overdose — the majority from prescription opioids such as OxyContin and hydrocodone. That year, Florida has passed the “911 Good Samaritan Act,” which protects a person who seeks medical assistance in overdose situations. This year, the state passed a law designed to increase access to naloxone, an overdose reversing drug.

Webinars

Radiological Legal Preparedness: Considerations, Research and Lessons Learned

As the use of radiation has increased in the 21st century, so has the potential for a national radiological incident requiring a public health response. Until recently, the legal patchwork of statutes and regulations that support public health response and recovery strategies and procedures in such incidents has, however, been largely unexamined. This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, aims to examine state and local legal authorities related to preparedness for and recovery from radiation incident. The webinar is free and will take place on Thursday, July 23 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. (ET).

Telehealth: A Game-Changer for Health Care — Are Laws Keeping Pace?

Many in public health see telehealth services — such as doctor-patient video-conferencing — as a game-changer for health care. This webinar, taking place on August 20, will examine how telehealth can improve access to health care for rural communities, how telehealth is used in schools, the use of video directly observed therapy for the treatment of tuberculosis, and the laws currently regulating telehealth practices in each state.

Ask the Experts

Medical Record Privacy and Drug Addiction Disclosure

The Network was recently contacted by a state health department drug and alcohol program about whether medical record privacy rules permit or forbid an employer to ask a job applicant to disclose his or her history with drug addiction.

Legal Research and Policy Surveillance

Policy Surveillance Resources

Public Health Law Research has been collaborating with the CDC Public Health Law Program, the Network for Public Health Law, and ChangeLab Solutions to advance the field of legal research and policy surveillance. A number of materials are now available.

Funding Opportunity

Call for Proposals: Data Across Sectors for Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking to identify and support community collaborations and initiatives that have used shared data and information to increase their capacity for planning, implementing and evaluating health improvement activities.

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