Public health officials, attorneys, policy-makers and advocates have reached out to the Network with requests for legal assistance. Below are some of these requests and the responses given by Network attorneys. To protect privacy, names are not included in the examples. In addition, the Network will not share an example if a requestor asks for his or her request to be withheld.
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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.
Federal law requires that state Medicaid programs make Disproportional Share Hospital (DSH) payments to hospitals that serve a large number of Medicaid and uninsured individuals. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would reduce the number of uninsured, the law mandated that DSH allotments be reduced.
The Network was contacted by a requestor who asked how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and specifically the individual mandate, affects people who are released from prison.
The Network received a question from a local health official on Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), specifically if any measures are being taken to incentivize providers to accept Medicaid.
The Network received an inquiry about federal standards for menu labeling and how they impact policies implemented by local governments.
The Network received a request from a public health official for training resources related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Network received a request from a local health official in California who asked for more information on how local health departments can utilize legal and policy tools to achieve public health goals within their communities.