The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the most comprehensive health reform legislation enacted by the United States in decades. Though focused on improving health care access and insurance coverage for millions of Americans, the Act also includes a number of preventive and community health provisions that could impact the practice of public health law.
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.
For the first time, the federal government has given a state permission to impose work requirements as a condition for Medicaid coverage. As troubling as these policy developments are, there is a more disturbing assumption underlying them. In its efforts to justify work requirements as a legitimate feature of a Medicaid program, the administration relies on a distorted concept of the social determinants of health.
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.
Over the next five years, public health practitioners will be addressing questions such as:
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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