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DHPE Members Don’t Let Your Guard Down

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 12, 2012

The House of Representatives has continued to discuss repealing the Affordable Care Act this week.  The House previously voted in January 2011 to repeal the Act by a vote of 245-189.  A number of similar efforts have since followed, the most recent now being HR 6079, the Repeal ObamaCare Act.  Although we’ve all gone down this road before, would still be a good idea to regenerate letters of opposition. For those keeping count, a number of House members have referenced in their floor statements that this is either the 31st or 32nd attempt to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)! With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, it is important that your representative continues to hear from you urging him/her to oppose divisive legislation and to instead work to ensure the law is fully implemented to protect the health of the American public.The President has issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) on HR 6079, the Repeal ObamaCare Act

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Network for Public Health Law Webinar - The Supreme Court’s Decision on the Constitutionality of the ACA

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 5, 2012

When: Thursday, July 19 at 1 – 2 p.m. (ET). These webinars are free and open to all interested parties. Register here by July 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

Presenters: Sarah Somers, J.D., M.P.H., managing attorney, Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region and National Health Law Program (NHeLP); Corey Davis, J.D., M.S.P.H., staff attorney, Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region and National Health Law Program (NHeLP)

In March 2012, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The court considered four questions, including whether the ACA's individual mandate and Medicaid expansion provisions are constitutional. In a landmark decision on June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled the ACA as constitutional, with the exception that the federal government's power to terminate states' Medicaid funds is narrowly read. The presenters will discuss the Supreme Court's decision and its implications for the ACA's reforms to the individual insurance market, the Medicaid expansion, and, of course, the future of the ACA's public health-related provisions and the federal funding that goes along with them. Also, find additional resources on the ACA and the Supreme Court decision here. You may qualify for CLE credit.

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HHS Announces Availability of Funds to Assist States in Building Insurance Exchanges

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 2, 2012

On the heels of the ACA ruling, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of funds to assist states in building their insurance exchanges.  Guidance was also provided to "help states understand the full scope of activities that can be funded under the available grant funding as they work to build exchanges.” http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/06/20120629a.html

 

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Updated Information on Implementation of ACA

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 2, 2012

Be sure to visit www.healthcare.gov, which has recently updated information on implementation of the ACA, including its state-specific pages on the benefits thus far –http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/index.html

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HealthyAmericans.org statements on SCOTUS

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 2, 2012
Strong statements on the Supreme Court ruling.  There are all in one place.  If you’d like to see what your public health partners are saying, we’re collecting them under a single link  -- http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/?p=3227

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Special Webinar: Implications for Prevention and Public Health

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 29, 2012

Special Webinar:
The Supreme Court's Decision on the Affordable Care Act:
Implications for Prevention and Public Health

Thursday, July 5th: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT / 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. PDT

Join APHA, the Public Health Institute, the Prevention Institute, Trust for America's Health, PolicyLink, and leading public health law experts from the National Health Law Program and the Network for Public Health Law, and George Washington Universityfor analysis and discussion of the Supreme Court's decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, and what that decision means for the public health and prevention provisions of the ACA.

Register Now

Moderator:

Susan Polan, PhD
Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy
American Public Health Association

Presenters:

Jane Perkins, JD, MPH
Co-Director, Network for Public Health Law—Southeastern Region
Program Director, National Health Law Program

Sarah Somers, JD, MPH
Senior Attorney, Network for Public Health Law—Southeastern Region
Managing Attorney, National Health Law Program

Sara Rosenbaum, JD
Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services
George Washington University


If you're looking for information in advance of this webinar, visit APHA's page of resources on the Supreme Court case, featuring a pre-decisional memo explaining key issues, created by NHeLP and NPHL. As APHA works with its partners and legal experts to analyze the Court's decision announced June 28th, we will add more resources to this site.

Please mark your calendars for another informative discussion: the Network for Public Health Law will also be discussing the Supreme Court's decision in its monthly webinar on Thursday, July 19th.

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Webinar - Implications For The Field of Health Promotion with Paul Terry, Ph.D.

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 29, 2012

Thu, Jul 12, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT   Supreme Court Ruling: Implications For The Field of Health Promotion with Paul Terry, Ph.D.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/360526314

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Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Decision

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 29, 2012

Dear DHPE Members and Partners,

This morning the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, therefore upholding the law. The majority opinion was authored by Chief Justice John Roberts and was joined by Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. The ruling represents a major victory for public health advocates who worked tirelessly over the past two years in support of the law.

On a 5 to 4 decision, the Court ruled that the individual mandate may stand as a tax. While they found that the mandate does violate the Commerce Clause, the majority of the Court found that it is constitutional under the taxing power of the Congress. On the Medicaid issue, a majority of the Court holds that the Medicaid expansion is constitutional but that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to withhold Medicaid funds for noncompliance with the expansion provisions. Chief Justice Roberts stated,"Nothing in our opinion precludes Congress from offering funds under the ACA to expand the availability of healthcare and requiring that states accepting such funds comply with the conditions on their use. What Congress is not free to do is to penalize states that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding."

We will be analyzing the ruling along with others in greater depth and will be studying the analyses of the decision by experts on constitutional law as well as other sources. We will report back as appropriate. For an overview of the law as well as state-specific fact sheets on how your state is benefiting from the ACA, visit the Healthcare.govwebsite.

For additional information about the court's decision, visit the Supreme Court's website or SCOTUSblog. Look for future webinar announcements which give further detail about this ruling.

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