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Patients-to-Policy Story: Keeping Children Safe From Lead Poisoning

By Kate Marple & Erin Dexter
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

After seeing many patients with lead poisoning who were prohibited from moving to a new home and still maintain their federal housing assistance, the medical-legal partnership at Erie Family Health Centers built a multi-state coalition that got the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to update its federal lead regulations. Now, they are working to pass a federal bill that will require lead inspections of all federally assisted housing units before families move in.Read More

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Patients to Policy Story: Eliminating Hurdles to Life Saving Medication

By Kate Marple & Erin Dexter
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The moment you’re exposed to the HIV virus, a clock starts ticking. You have 72-hours to begin taking medication that greatly reduces your risk of contracting the virus, and the sooner you start taking it, the more effective it is. Whitman-Walker Health’s medical-legal partnership worked with insurance companies to remove requirements forcing Post-Exposure Prophylaxis medications to be filled by mail. By doing so, they ensured people who were exposed to the HIV virus could get the medication they needed filled at a local pharmacy within the 72-hour window when the drug can be effective in preventing the transmission of HIV.Read More

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Patients-to-Policy Story: Helping Kids Get At-Home Care

By Kate Marple & Erin Dexter
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Thursday, April 5, 2018

When children on ventilators were unable to leave the hospital due to a home-nursing shortage caused by low Medicaid reimbursement rates, the medical-legal partnership at Seattle Children’s sued the state Medicaid Director and the Director of the Healthcare Authority to help kids return home. They then turned their attention to advocacy with the state agencies to fix the reimbursement rates.Read More

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Textbook: Essentials of Health Justice

By Elizabeth Tobin Tyler and Joel Teitelbaum
Published by Jones & Bartlett Learning

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Essentials of Health Justice: A Primer examines the legal, structural, and justice issues underlying health disparities and other types of health inequities. The authors assess the adequacy of current safety net programs and legal protections affecting the health of vulnerable populations, and look at concrete strategies for bringing about change to promote health justice. In an academic context, this new text introduces structural determinants of health and health justice in undergraduate and graduate law, public health, medical, nursing, and other health professions courses.Read More

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