Issue Brief: Health Related Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act

This issue brief provides an overview of sections in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that are particularly relevant to public health, including the title and a brief descriptive summary of the section. For most provisions, citations are provided for the ESSA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), and the U.S. Code.

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Legal Toolkit for Newborn Screening DBS

Newborn screening is a vital public health program that detects serious medical conditions that can cause devastating effects if treatment is not given prior to the onset of symptoms. Not all of the blood sample collected from newborns is used during routine screening, however, and after testing has been completed, many states retain the residual dried blood samples (DBS). This toolkit is intended to assist state policymakers to develop or improve policies for the use of DBS and related information

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

This resource suggests model contract provisions for coverage of vision and hearing services in Medicaid managed care.

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Survey of Medicaid Managed Care Contracts: EPSDT Vision and Hearing Services

Children enrolled in Medicaid are entitled to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. This report surveys states’ contracts with managed care entities to document the extent to which EPSDT services address children’s hearing and vision services and how these services are monitored.

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Breastfeeding in the Workplace

This brief covers federal and state laws pertaining to breastfeeding in the workplace and the barriers faced by breastfeeding employees.

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Issue Brief: Compulsory Immunization Waiver Requirements

All 50 states have adopted compulsory immunization laws for school children and also established some type of waiver, or exemption, for the immunizations. This resource examines the different types of immunization waivers -- medical, religious, and philosophical -- and provides examples of the requirements for various state waivers.

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Fact Sheet: Critical Congenital Heart Defect Screening

Congenital heart defects impose a large burden on newborn health. Seven of these heart defects, called critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs), are especially concerning. Fortunately, screening for these defects can be done non-invasively with a pulse oximeter. Several states have policies or laws regarding the screening for CCHDs. This Critical Congenital Newborn Screening fact sheet examines laws and policies in the Network’s Northern Region as well as early adopters of a policy to screen for CCHDs.

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Issue Brief: ACA and Nursing Mothers

This issue brief provides information on the background, requirements and enforcement of an ACA provision for nursing mothers.

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