Investigating How States’ Vaccination Exemption Laws Affect Vaccination Rates

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Childhood vaccines play a major role in minimizing the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease. While all states accommodate medical vaccine exemptions, certain states also allow for waivers on the basis of religious or philosophical objections. Certain vaccines have been particularly controversial, with public perceptions linking them to autism and developmental disorders, despite consensus to the contrary in the scientific and medical communities.  This has led some states to add exemptions in recent years, while other states opted to eliminate the exemptions.       

Community Health Center Funding Cliff Could Cause More Than A Hundred Thousand Jobs To Be Lost

If the Community Health Center Fund is not restored, millions of patients served by community health centers may lose access to crucial health care and up to 161,000 jobs could be lost in communities across the nation. That’s the conclusion of an analysis produced by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH).

May You Live in Interesting Times: The Challenges of Health Policy Analysis in a Turbulent Period

A purported Chinese curse -- “May you live in interesting times” -- seems apt for this current chaotic period of American public policy.  (It appears that the quote does not actually have Chinese origins and was simply coined by an English politician in the 1930s to sound sagacious.)  As a student (and teacher) of health policy, there is no question that the past year, during which Congress and President Trump tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), had high political drama, with fingernail-biting day by day acti

Graham-Cassidy Proposal Would Eliminate 345,000 Jobs in U.S. by 2026

A new analysis of the Graham-Cassidy legislation suggests that it would trigger the loss of 345,000 jobs by the year 2026.

Ending Healthcare Payments: Bursting the Balloon or Just Squeezing It?

President Trump has threatened to cancel federal health insurance payments called “cost-sharing reductions.”  He hopes this collapses the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, creating leverage for further repeal negotiations with recalcitrant Senators and Congressmen.  However, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that ending these payments would actually increase federal costs by $194 billion over ten years and cause a million people to lose health insurance next year.