Category Archives: Health reform

11.14.14

An Eventful Month for Obamacare: November Presents Two Major Challenges to Health Reform

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November has been a busy month for the Affordable Care Act. On November 15, the second round of Healthcare.gov’s open enrollment will begin. And on November 7, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that threatens to undermine the law in the large majority of states. This blog explores these two issues, concluding with […]

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10.08.14

New Online Resource: "The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources"

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The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat.  As national governments […]

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09.24.14

3 Issues to Consider before Voting in November

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On November 4, many Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. And like all election seasons, issues threatening public health are chief among this nation’s top concerns.         In researching for this post, I came up with a fairly long “short-list” of pressing public health issues – […]

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09.04.14

Ebola: The Global Health Tragedy of Our Times and How Law is Essential in Preventing Public Health Catastrophes

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By Ana Ayala and Tanya Baytor Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency and mobilizing international assistance to stop further spread of the virus, we continue to see the number of cases and deaths rise, particularly in the countries with the lowest resources, namely […]

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08.08.14

"Right to Try" Laws Offer No Meaningful Solutions and Undermine Science

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“Right to Try” laws have come into fashion with the success of the beautifully crafted and acted Dallas Buyer’s Club. That the movie was simply a movie with significant historical inaccuracies and that demonized the one drug (AZT) in the film that was actually effective at fighting HIV has apparently been lost on policy makers. […]

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07.28.14

How Many Lawyers Does it Take To Achieve the End of AIDS?

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Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-chair of the recently concluded 20th International AIDS Conference, believes that “[a]nti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries around the world will have ‘consequences’ for the continued spread of HIV around the world, potentially dashing hopes of eradicating the virus in the early 21st century.” Apropos to the theme of the […]

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07.03.14

All Religious Beliefs are Equal, But Some Religious Beliefs are More Equal than Others

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Last Monday, five justices of the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. The basic outline of the case was already briefly discussed on this blog as well as in many many other locations.  In short, Hobby Lobby (and others) sued Health and Human Services (HHS) over the contraception mandate […]

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06.30.14

The Supreme Court Deals a Blow to the Affordable Care Act and Access to Contraceptives

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This morning the Supreme Court handed down its most anticipated decision of the term.Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, et al. dealt with the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to the contraceptive mandate established under regulations promulgated by HHS under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

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05.02.14

The ACA: Towards “A State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being”

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“Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius in representation of the Americas before the World Health Assembly in May 2013. She then added, “[a]s President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some […]

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04.17.14

Employer-Based Health Care – All Cons, No Pros

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Since the beginning of the debates around the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there’s been a relatively muted on-going conversation about the value of the employer based health insurance model. It has, however, never really come to the fore as the ACA never seriously engaged with the idea of canning the whole system and starting fresh […]

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