07.11.19

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

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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 […]

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07.11.19

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

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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 […]

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07.03.19

Moving Beyond the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate

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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 […]

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07.01.19

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

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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 […]

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06.28.19

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

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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 […]

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06.24.19

The judicialization of health goes beyond healthcare

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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 […]

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06.21.19

Columbus and Franklin County Issue Overdose Advisory Including Harm Reduction Efforts

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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 […]

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06.13.19

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

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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 […]

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06.12.19

USPSTF Recommendation for PrEP: Reflections on Insurance Coverage and HIV Prevention for Older Adults

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Yesterday the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a federally-appointed independent panel of clinicians and scientists that conducts evidence-based reviews of preventive services, issued a final “Grade A” recommendation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). An “A” letter grade indicates that the panel recommends the service and finds there is high certainty that the service has a substantial […]

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06.11.19

The 72nd World Health Assembly: Health, Justice, and Accountability

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This article was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Sarah Wetter, and Eric Friedman In his closing remarks at the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 28, 2019, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to “commit to regular accountability” in fulfilling promises to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over course of the […]

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