07.12.19

How Health Insurance is Providing a Not So Pleasant Surprise For Insured Patients Seeking Care

By | Leave a Comment

Surprise medical billing has become a reality for many Americans seeking treatment from the U.S. health care system, with 4 in 10 people saying they had received a surprisingly large medical bill during 2017. In a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 67 percent of people polled noted worry about surprise medical bills. This worry […]

Posted in uncategorized ;

07.11.19

What I wish I knew 15 years ago about American Spirits cigarettes

By | Leave a Comment

I used to wait tables. I started as a teen at my family’s restaurants before smoke-free workplace laws swept the nation. Like most restaurants at the time, we had a smoking section, and I oftentimes was assigned to it. I was thrilled when the city eventually adopted a clean indoor air ordinance, and a few […]

Posted in FDA, Food and Drug Law, Non-Communicable Diseases, Tobacco ; Tagged: , , .

07.11.19

Talk To Me, Baby! The benefits of frequent, high-quality conversations with babies on brain and language development

By | Leave a Comment

Viral video of father and 18-month old son talking about a TV show. (Source: Comedian DJ Pryor) When I had my daughter, we were living on an Army base in rural Alabama. I was FAR away in every possible way from anything familiar to me as a lifelong New York City resident. I had no […]

Posted in uncategorized ;

07.10.19

Democratic Presidential Candidates on Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

By | Leave a Comment

This post was written by Regina LaBelle and Leigh Bianchi. As communities across the country continue to struggle with the consequences of addiction and the opioid epidemic, voters in the 2020 presidential race are sure to press the Democratic presidential candidates for their plans to address the issue. The opioid epidemic played a role in […]

Posted in Addiction ;

07.03.19

Moving Beyond the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate

By | Leave a Comment

For a provision that dominated the health insurance reform debate for the past decade, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate barely made headlines when the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ended the tax penalty for uninsured individuals. It was an untimely end that everyone saw coming as the mandate’s popularity did not recover […]

Posted in uncategorized ;

07.01.19

Health equity and the upcoming UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

By | Leave a Comment

In September, the United Nations will convene a High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), with heads of state encouraged to attend. As typical for such meetings, a key outcome with be a political declaration, in this case on countries’ commitments around UHC. In May, a “zero draft” was made publicly available; as states negotiate […]

Posted in Global Health, Global Health Governance, Healthcare, Human Rights, uncategorized ; Tagged: , , , , , .

06.28.19

Arkansas’ Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver: Blaming Poor People for Being Poor

By | Leave a Comment

Since taking control of the Executive Branch, the Trump Administration has been fixated on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and thus dismantling Medicaid, a pillar of the ACA. This was demonstrated by Trump’s first-ever executive order signed on the first day of his presidency on January 24, 2017, titled Minimizing the Economic […]

Posted in uncategorized ;

06.24.19

The judicialization of health goes beyond healthcare

By | Leave a Comment

Image courtesy of Mancia.org For a long time, the debate about the judicialization of health has focused on access to healthcare — such as access to medication and/or surgeries. Year after year, as lawsuits piled up, courts have debated whether the right to health means that individuals are entitled to certain treatments. Scholars have also […]

Posted in Health and Human Rights, Healthcare, Human Rights ;

06.21.19

Columbus and Franklin County Issue Overdose Advisory Including Harm Reduction Efforts

By | Leave a Comment

The Departments of Public Health for both Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio issued an advisory Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in response to increased cases of drug overdose and called on residents to engage in harm reduction practices. This advisory is evidence of an important shift taking place in cities, counties, and states across the country […]

Posted in Addiction ;

06.13.19

Hepatitis Policy Project Releases New Report on Eliminating Hepatitis C Among People Living with HIV

By | Leave a Comment

The Hepatitis Policy Project has released a new brief that makes recommendations for how the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program can leverage its role at the forefront of the nation’s HIV response to also play a significant role in eliminating hepatitis C (HCV) in the U.S. by expanding screening and testing within its clinical network. The […]

Posted in uncategorized ;

Stay Informed

Signup for our mailing list and stay up to date on the latest happenings at The O’Neill Institute

Or sign up for our RSS Feed

The views reflected in this blog are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent those of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law or Georgetown University. This blog is solely informational in nature, and not intended as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed and retained attorney in your state or country.

See the full disclaimer and terms of use.