Network Report


The future of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion have both become important issues in campaigns throughout the country. Women’s access to reproductive health services is also in question and candidates in some races have voiced support for efforts to exclude Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements. Join us for a discussion of the midterm election results and their potential impact on these important public health issues.


Law and Policy Perspectives:

Driver's License Suspensions and Health

Many states allow for license suspension as a punishment for non-payment of fees and fines related to traffic offenses. These suspensions often have significant public health impacts, some of which seem obvious—people need transportation to access medical care and medicines, which of course, has an effect on public health. But a closer look reveals a plethora of other negative consequences that impact public health.  



50 State Survey: State Lead Testing Policies for Children Not Enrolled in Medicaid

Currently, 20 jurisdictions have mandatory lead testing laws for children outside of the Medicaid program. There are three major categories of testing requirements: universal testing, targeted testing and hybrid testing. Eight jurisdictions have universal testing requirements, seven states have targeted testing requirements, and five have hybrid policies. This survey summarizes lead testing requirements in each state across the country.


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:

State Immunization and Lead Level Screening Requirements

A requester contacted the Network for information regarding which states allow religious exemptions to school immunization requirements and which states have blood lead level screening requirements. Surveys of states’ laws, from both the Network and other sources, detail policies currently in effect across the U.S.

Worth Sharing:

Data Sharing and the Law: Deep Dive on Consent

Data sharing initiatives can be hyperlocal, but they are all subject to the same federal laws regarding privacy and consent. Working through Data Sharing Consent or Release of Information forms can be almost frightening in this highly regulated landscape. During a Deep Dive workshop at the 2018 All In: Data for Community Health National Meeting, attorneys from the Network for Public Health Law explored when consent may or may not be the key to sharing data and how policies and regulations governing health care, education, and behavioral health data like HIPAA, FERPA, and 42 CFR Part 2 impact consent.

CDC Externships in Public Health Law

CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP) offers externships in public health law, tribal public health law, and public health administration and communications. The externships consist of nine to 14 weeks of professional work experience with PHLP in Atlanta, Georgia. With rolling start and completion dates during the academic year, unpaid externships must qualify for academic credit as authorized by law and public health schools. Applications for summer 2019 positions are due by January 31, 2019.

Policy Surveillance Summer Institute 2019

Registration opens January, 2019 for the Policy Surveillance Program’s 2019 Summer Institute, June 6-7, 2019. The Institute will teach policy surveillance methods during a two-day intensive training at Temple University in Philadelphia. Policy surveillance tracks public health laws and policies over time and across jurisdictions, using a rigorous scientific process to create data for evaluation and empirical research. 

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The Network for Public Health Law provides information and technical assistance on issues related to public health. The legal information and assistance provided in this document does not constitute legal advice or legal representation. For legal advice, readers should consult a lawyer in their state.