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    Like a Phoenix from the Ashes…The Senate’s Health Reform Efforts Live On

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Sep 20, 2017 12:11:00 PM

    by Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD
    Co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 3rd Edition

    With the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House on May 4, 2017, the health reform debate moved to the Senate.  The Senate completely scrapped the House bill and released its own version of health reform, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA).  Despite important differences, AHCA and BCRA followed roughly the same contours. Both bills reduced taxes, eliminated government mandates, lowered federal government spending, lowered premiums for some people while increasing them for others, phased out Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and ended Medicaid as an entitlement program. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the effect of the bills would be to increase the number of uninsured, reduce the deficit, lower costs for young and healthy consumers, and increase costs for older and poorer consumers.[1],[2] Unlike the House, however, the Senate could not muster enough Republican support to pass BCRA (or the Senate’s other two bills), stalling the health reform debate in Congress.  After a month of relative quiet, the Senate is trying again with its consideration of the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the ACA.


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    Topics: Affordable Care Act (ACA), Public Health, sara wilensky, Essentials of Health Policy and Law

    Lessons Learned: What Can We Learn from Hurricane Harvey and Will We Really Learn Them This Time?

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Sep 8, 2017 4:30:00 PM

    By Suzet M. McKinney, DrPH, MPH

    Author of the upcoming Pubic Health Emergency Preparedness: Practical Solutions for the Real World

    It’s hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast region, leaving damage and devastation that would take years to repair. I think it’s safe to say that Katrina was the most devastating storm ever seen here in the U.S.; a category 5 hurricane of epic proportions. The all too vivid images of entire neighborhoods underwater, desperate pleas for rescue scribbled across rooftops, and deceased bodies floating down the streets turned urban rivers, seemed more like a scene from a third world country, than a beloved, modern day American city.  At the time, not many of us thought we’d ever see anything like it again in our lifetimes. And now comes, Harvey.

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    Topics: Public Health

    Webinar: Mass Incarceration and Public Health

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Feb 23, 2017 11:32:24 AM

    Join us for a Webinar on Mass Incarceration and Public Health, with featured presenter Patti Rose, MPH, EdD. Dr. Rose, author of the new book, Health Disparities, Diversity, and Inclusion, will discuss:

    • Mass Incarceration and its impact on health disparities
    • The significance of mass incarceration and why it must end
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    Topics: Public Health, health disparities, mass incarceration, diversity, inclusion, Patti Rose

    The Future of the ACA: A Health Policy Expert’s Opinion

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Feb 22, 2017 8:39:23 AM

    by Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD
    Co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 3rd Edition

    With the Republicans in control of the Executive and Legislative branches of government, the outlook for the ACA is grim.  Republicans in Congress consistently tried to repeal and hinder the success of the ACA since its passage in 2010 with only Democratic support.  House Republicans passed multiple bills repealing the ACA despite Obama’s veto threat.  Therefore, isn’t it a forgone conclusion that the ACA is history?  Not necessarily.  As the Republicans are discovering, it is much easier to protest than to govern. 

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    Topics: Affordable Care Act (ACA), Public Health, sara wilensky, Essentials of Health Policy and Law

    Undergraduate Public Health Education: What's New and What's Ahead

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Oct 19, 2016 11:15:00 AM

    By Richard Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor and Founding Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

    The growth of undergraduate public health education shows no signs of slowing down. The latest Department of Education data shows over 10,000 bachelor's degree graduates per year. This does not include the growing number of public health and global health minors or courses designed for general education or to prepare student for clinical graduate education.

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    Topics: Health, public health education, Health Navigator, Public Health, Richard Riegelman

    Wanted: Public Health Workers!

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Aug 17, 2016 3:02:52 PM

    Much has been written in the popular press about the looming shortage of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals (Corwin, 2015; Grant, 2016; Mishoe, 2004). Comparatively little ink, however, has been used to discuss the looming shortage of public health workers. Why? I would venture to guess that much like housework and lawn mowing, unless it is not done, few note when it is done. The workers, like the labor involved, are invisible—until there is a disaster or the mess is on the Mayor’s front porch, as it was in the nine-day long New York City garbage strike of 1968 and the seventeen-day long strike of 1981.

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    Topics: Author, health administration, Health Administration, Public Health, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Sharon Buchbinder

    Jones & Bartlett Learning Author and Health Policy and Law Expert Joel Teitelbaum Weighs in on the Latest Affordable Care Act Litigation

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Jul 21, 2016 11:49:31 AM

    More than six years after becoming law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains heavily litigated.  Since 2010, dozens of lawsuits have been lodged against it, with four of them reaching the United States Supreme Court – a remarkable number given the law’s relatively short lifespan and the fact that the Court only grants approximately 80 of the 8,000 case petitions it receives each year.  ACA litigation continued apace over the past year, with two new important decisions handed down in May of 2016.

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    Topics: Health, ACA, Affordable Care Act, health policy, Joel Teitelbaum, Public Health

    New eBook Highlights Undergraduate Public Health Education

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Sep 17, 2015 3:42:29 PM

    Frontiers, one of the world's largest open-access publishers in the health field, just released a new eBook entitled Undergraduate Education for Public Health in the United States. Faculty from accredited schools and programs across the nation have contributed to the 20 chapters.

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    Topics: Essential Public Health series, Health, public health education, frontiers, Public Health, public health education

    Washington Post Makes Health Navigators Front Page News

    Posted by charlottes on Jul 8, 2015 3:29:03 PM

    Guest blogger, author, and editor of the Essential Public Health Series, Richard Riegelman MD, MPH, PhD, writes about the emerging career field known as “Health Navigator.”

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    Topics: Kay Perrin, Navigating Health Insurance, public health education, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Heal, Health Navigator, Jones and Bartlett Learning, Navigating Community and Consumer Health, Navigating the U.S Healthy System, Navigators, Principles of Health Navigation, Public Health, Public Health 101, Richard Riegelman, JBL Health Navigation, JBL Essential Public Health Series

    King v. Burwell: A Policy Expert’s View, Part 2: The Verdict

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Jul 2, 2015 2:35:11 PM

    This is the second installment of a 2-part commentary by Jones & Bartlett Learning author and health policy expert, Joel Teitelbaum, on the most recent challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Topics: Health, ACA, Affordable Care Act, health policy, Joel Teitelbaum, Public Health

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