Network Report

8/20/15

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

School Vaccination Laws — Legislative Roundup

It’s been a big year for vaccination laws. In the wake of a measles outbreak, California’s governor repealed a law allowing personal belief exemptions from mandatory school vaccinations. Legislators in numerous other states have also re-examined their vaccination exemption laws and requirements.

Pill Bottles and Prescription Drug Poisonings

Deaths by poisoning surpassed both guns and cars to become the leading source of injury-related death in the U.S., and the fastest growing type of poisoning death came from overdoses of prescription drugs. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act allowed for child-resistant pill bottles, but this preventive measure doesn’t deter older children and adults from taking drugs not prescribed for them.

Movement to Certify Community Health Workers

At their core, community health workers (CHWs) share the language, socioeconomic status, and cultural experiences of the populations they serve. CHWs fill a vital role in increasing access to health care. The Affordable Care Act recognizes CHWs as a critical component of the health care workforce, but only a few states have enacted laws to establish certification programs for CHWs.

Public Health Legal Resources

Model Medicaid Managed Care Contract Provisions: EPSDT Vision and Hearing Services

Children enrolled in Medicaid are entitled to a comprehensive array of preventive and ameliorative care through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. As states have increasingly turned to managed care entities to fulfill their Medicaid administrative obligations, these companies are charged with ensuring that children receive EPSDT benefits. This resource suggests model contract provisions for coverage of vision and hearing services in Medicaid managed care.

MOU Template for Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing of Immunization Data

The Network and the Partnership for Public Health Law, in consultation with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, have developed a template for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for secure, electronic exchange of immunization information among governmental entities that operate Immunization Information Systems. Data exchange allows immunization providers to work more efficiently and supports public health’s mission to protect the public from vaccine-preventable diseases through timely and appropriate vaccination of individuals, and reduces instances of over vaccination due to the lack of vaccination records.

Webinars

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

Attend today’s webinar at 1pm ET to learn how telehealth services can improve access to care for rural communities, the use of telehealth in schools, the use of video directly observed therapy for the treatment of tuberculosis, and the laws currently regulating telehealth practices in each state. Some attendees may qualify for continuing legal education credits.

Ask the Experts

Child Car Seat Law in Missouri

The Network was recently contacted for information on child car safety in Missouri — specifically, about current laws related to allowing a child to ride in the front seat of a pickup truck. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children ages 12 years and younger ride in the back seat of cars and outlines specific stages for car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Find a Public Health Lawyer

Public Health Lawyer Directory

Need to find a public health lawyer to help answer a question or present on a topic? Use the Public Health Lawyer Directory to find a legal expert from the Network, the CDC Public Health Law Program, the Public Health Law Center, ChangeLab Solutions, Public Health Law Research, or the Public Health Law Partnership.

Opportunities

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

The New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene is looking for an Assistant Commissioner and Policy Director in the Division’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control. These are two exciting opportunities to lead and inform public health programming and policies. The Bureau spearheads programs and initiatives to reduce the burden of chronic diseases by addressing chronic disease risk factors, such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use. View the positions  and apply: Director of Policy, Bureau of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Control and Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control

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