Robert I. Field is an expert on health law, health policy and public health. He holds a joint appointment as professor of law at the Drexel University School of Law and professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health at Drexel University.
New York State took an important step to increase those numbers by repealing a religious exception to its vaccine mandate for schoolchildren. While vaccine skeptics protested stridently, the action will help to protect everyone.
The first caravan, this one composed of ships, arrived in 1492 from Spain. Its voyage led many others to follow from England, France and other countries in Europe, bringing waves of disease-carrying migrants.
Reports of the death of Affordable Care Act insurance markets are extremely premature. After years of steady price increases, insurer exits, and the Trump administration's relentless campaign to create instability, there are signs that in some states they are healthier than ever.
Can a law be unconstitutional if it doesn't exist? That may sound like an abstract riddle, like the proverbial tree falling in a forest, but it is central to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The suit, brought by 20 Republican attorneys general, seeks to have the entire law thrown out, and the Trump administration recently announced its support.
Imagine that you have a life-threatening disease and have run out of available treatments. You discover that there is a promising new medication that might work, but it is still undergoing testing. Would you want the right to try it?