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Healthcare Legislative Actions to Watch in 2018

STAT, the healthcare news website, has identified three legislative policy issues that are sure to stir the winds of controversy in 2018.  Washington Correspondent Erin Mershon has selected likely flash points.

The first is an agreement between the FDA the over-the-counter drugmakers to charge industry higher user fees to pay for speedier and more thorough regulation of their products.
It is anticipated that legislation will be introduced in both houses of Congress will move through House and Senate committees relatively smoothly without many changes.

Perhaps more controversial, is authorizing funding for a comprehensive response to the opiod crises.  So far, no cohesive plan has been advanced to address this public health emergency.  STAT states, "Democrats, especially in the Senate, have called for including funding in any major government funding package."  Senators from hard hit states such as Ohio and West Virginia are calling for more funding as well.  Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), who co-chairs the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, has presented policy proposals to Republican leadership that include funding provisions.

The re-authorization of public health funds under the 2013 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparation Resources Act (PAHPRA) is also on board in 2018.  When originally passed in 2013, this act was vital in the US response to the Ebola outbreak.  Author Erin Mershon writes, "The law and its programs were central to the FDA's emergency approval of a Department of  Defense Diagnostic tool that helped detect the disease."

OTC drug fees, the response to the opioid crisis, and re-authorization of PAHPRA are three important health law topics in 2018.
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In September, 2016 I wrote a blog post about the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The Museum's director, Lonnie Bunch and, deputy director, Kinshasha Holman Conwill discussed the Grand Opening preparations in a Washington Post article entitled Painful but Crucial:  Why You'll see Emmett Till's Casket at the African American Museum, by Krissah Thompson (8/18/16). One of the most sacred items in the collection of over 3,000 objects in the inaugural exhibition, according to Ms. Conwill, was the exhumed casket of Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941-August 28, 1955), who was 14 years old when he was lynched in Mississippi.


    
It is not every day that the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC has a Grand Opening of a new museum, but that will happen this Saturday, September 24, 2016.     
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On August 12, 2016 the Obama administration declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico because of the Zika virus.  The declaration came one day after U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy visited the U.S territory and, according to a New York Times article, said he expected 25% of Puerto Rico's nearly 3.5 million people will be infected with Zika by year's end.     
The current issue, Volume 26, Issue 1 (2016) of Health Matrix: The Journal of Law-Medicine, is now available electronically. All Case Western Reserve student scholarly journals are available on Scholarly Commons on the CWRU Law School Scholarly Commons Research and Scholarship webpage. The culmination of a year-long Judge Ben C. Green Law Library project, Volume 26 is the latest addition to the complete 25 year run of Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine. In addition, Volume 26 and ...    
Although summers tend to zip by, leaving unfinished books and other ambitions in the dust, I still get excited at the prospect of "loads of free time" (after work or while on vacation) just to relax and enjoy a good book.      
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