ASTHO Legal Mapping Center Launches Maps of Harm Reduction Policies to Prevent Overdose

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has launched a new legal mapping resource capturing policies that may prevent overdose. The maps visualize the national policy landscape of overdose prevention centers and laws supporting community distribution of naloxone and fentanyl test strips. Each map provides links to the state law or legislation referenced, a tool for public health leaders and policymakers to find laws in other jurisdictions that may help prevent overdose. 

States Continue to Leverage Medicaid Section 1115 Waivers to Address Opioid Crisis as Disenrollment and Work Requirements Loom

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

With the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency on May 11, 2023, and the end of Medicaid’s continuous enrollment provisions meant to protect coverage during the pandemic, millions are expected to lose Medicaid coverage in the coming months. New data published today on displays key features of approved state section 1115 waivers, particularly eligibility and benefit expansions that may increase access to services that benefit people with SUD, as well as expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, across all 50 states and the District of Columbia approved as of April 20, 2023.

Six Months After Dobbs Decision, 23 States Severely Restrict Abortion while Others Move to Protect Access

Thursday, March 16, 2023

In the six months after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, 2022, 23 states enacted severe restrictions on abortion, and nearly a third were enforcing these bans as legal battles continue to unfold. To limit the impact of the decision, more states directed their legislative efforts to protect access to abortion, according to new data released today from the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law capturing the policy landscape through January 1, 2023.  

Legislators introduced more than 1,500 bills to change the authority of state and local health agencies and executive officers during 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

In the legislative sessions spanning January 1, 2021, through May 20, 2022, state legislators introduced 1,531 bills to change the scope and allocation of emergency health authority, according to new data released today by the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.