Category Archives: Healthcare

08.27.16

The Public Health of Private Prison Healthcare

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This post was written by Katie Gottschalk and Rebecca Reingold. On August 18th, the United States Justice Department declared its plan to end the use of privately run prisons. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates made the announcement after officials concluded that private prison facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those […]

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08.17.16

Parental Leave: Time for a new norm in the U.S.

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Many people don’t consider the impact of parental leave options until they are in the position of needing to take time off to have a baby. This is not an area where the United States has excelled as one of only two countries in the world that do not guarantee paid time off according to […]

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08.08.16

Spike in hepatitis C rates in young women further supports the need for screenings for all pregnant women

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As the rate of Hepatitis C infections among young Americans increases, so does the risk of infections in infants. The CDC reports a 22% increase between 2011 and 2014  in HCV infections in women of childbearing age, between 15-44 years.  There was also a 14% increase in infections in children 2 years and younger seen during […]

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06.23.16

Obamacare Premium Increases – Time to freak out? Not so fast.

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As the individual marketplace health insurance exchanges enter their 4th year of operation, growing pains still abound. Insurance providers are still struggling to determine appropriate pricing for various plans and are requesting a wide range of pricing changes – including some substantial premium increases – from state insurance regulators. The following are 5 key points […]

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06.09.16

The right to health for all: Ending discrimination against undocumented migrants

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It is among the most – if not the most – prevalent form of formal discrimination when it comes to the ability of everyone to enjoy universally recognized human rights, embodied in the laws of most countries: discrimination against non-citizens, and above all, against undocumented immigrants, with respect to the right to health. Most countries […]

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05.05.16

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month: Hepatitis C testing is critically important as CDC reports infection rates and deaths in U.S. at all-time high

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May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month. The CDC has designated May 19th, 2016 as National Hepatitis Testing Day in the U.S. This campaign is particularly timely this year given the report released this Wednesday by the CDC  which states that new infections and deaths caused by Hepatitis C (HCV) are at the highest rates ever reported. […]

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04.15.16

Danger in the water: the epidemic of lead across America

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Lead exposure is a serious and widespread public health concern in the United States that has been highlighted recently through the tragedy in Flint, Michigan. Even small amounts of lead can have serious developmental effects, particularly children and pregnant women, and lead exposure can negatively affect nearly every bodily system. The CDC reports that despite […]

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04.05.16

The Importance of Knowing the History of HIV and AIDS

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            Hillary Clinton generated controversy last month when she praised Ronald and Nancy Reagan for starting a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. Clinton quickly issued a statement apologizing for her mistake about the Reagans’ record and later published an expanded response. She acknowledged not only how mistaken she was, […]

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04.05.16

HHS guidance on syringe service programs provides substantive support for HCV and HIV infection reduction efforts among injection drug users.

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On March 29, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services released guidance to assist state and local health departments to request permission to use federal funds for Syringe Support Programs (SSPs). This guidance is in response to bipartisan legislation passed in December 2015 that relaxed previous restrictions on federal funds being used for any […]

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03.11.16

American Women’s Reproductive Health at Stake in Whole Women’s Health and Zubik

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Since the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court has played a major role in establishing, expanding and defending American women’s reproductive rights. From Griswold v. Connecticut to Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court developed a line of jurisprudence that protects women’s rights to contraception, to abortion, and to bear a child. This term, the Court is considering 2 […]

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