• COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Abortion Exceptionalism

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-23)
      Over the past few weeks, nine states have tried to implement—with varying degrees of success—measures suspending abortions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panel of reproductive rights experts discusses recent court opinions, future Supreme Court intervention, and possible lasting impacts on reproductive health law in the United States.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Commandeering Private Property for Pandemic Response

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-03-31)
      As the number of cases grows in this pandemic, one specific medical resource in short supply is bed space. One solution to this issue is for governments to commandeer private property, such as hotels, convention centers, university dormitories, or even defunct hospitals. The legal question here is one of authority.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Domestic Violence

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-06-09)
      In the past month, new evidence has emerged that global rates of domestic violence were rising as a result of the pandemic. This Briefing will explore the ways the pandemic response exacerbated conditions for intimate partner abuse, and will describe how we may better prepare in anticipation of future waves of the coronavirus, and other possible pandemics.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Drug Development, the Role of the FDA, and Emergency Use

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-15)
      This Briefing seeks to demystify drug development — offering a crash in the development process and clinical trials, the role the FDA plays in reviewing and approving drugs, and the differences between off-label and compassionate use.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Election Concerns

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-05-12)
      There are 19 state primary elections between May 12 and June 9, when many states have stay-at-home orders in place until at least June 4. Amid an ongoing pandemic, election security and safety for voters remain in question. Our guests reflect on concerns raised by the recent primary in Wisconsin, and project ahead with lessons learned for the forthcoming primaries.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Equitable Enforcement

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-06-02)
      As COVID-19 inflicts disproportionate harm on communities of color, inequitable enforcement of public health policies in response to the pandemic further widens health disparities. Police are strictly enforcing stay-at-home orders in some communities of color, while employing more lenient approaches in predominantly white communities. At the same time, enforcement of some laws designed to protect health and safety—from local housing codes to federal environmental laws like the Clean Air Act—has been suspended during the emergency response. This Briefing will discuss inequitable enforcement of public health laws and options that government officials should consider in order to promote more equitable outcomes during the pandemic and in the long-term, after the public health crisis subsides.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Evictions in the Age of COVID-19

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-21)
      As the coronavirus continues to take its toll on unemployment in the United States, one of the biggest questions for Americans is how they will afford to pay rent. To protect renters, a growing number of cities and states are have temporarily halted evictions. During this Briefing, our guests describe the government authority to act and prevent evictions, and consider the sustainability of these orders and implications for the economy and public health going forward.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Human Subject Research

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-05-06)
      Amid social distancing and other on-the-ground mitigation measures, arises the necessity of a vaccine and other therapeutic treatments for long-term treatment or eradication of COVID-19. With drug development comes questions of safety and efficacy, and inevitable concerns around human subject research. This Briefing explores the legal issues around how to balance speed to market, obligations to science, and an ethical development process.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Immigration

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-28)
      On April 22, President Trump issued an executive order to limit immigration and pause the issuance of Green Cards to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. In this Briefing, our guests discuss whether limitations on immigration may be a sound mitigation tactic, or whether restrictive immigration policies may be impeding our response to the pandemic.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Impacts and Implications for US Prisons

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-03-31)
      As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, vulnerable populations like those in the US prison system are at particular risk. This live COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing will describe the current situation and explore legal issues of COVID-19 in jails and prisons. These include the steps prisons and jails may take to protect inmate populations and employees, the rights prisoners have to care and prevention, and what happens next for prisoners who are released.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Issues and Boundaries of Federalism

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-07)
      This COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing explores vertical and horizontal federalism to address how the federal government and state governments can act and interact during the pandemic.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Law and Political Economy

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-06-04)
      In considering the role of law in COVID-19 response, it is vital to understand the broader forces that shape our world and its legal architecture. Law and Political Economy critiques generate insights into the root causes of inequality and other structural dysfunction in our society, while also providing a roadmap for how to repair such dysfunction in service to pandemic response and public health more broadly.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Legality and Challenges to Rationing Medical Resources (Part I)

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-02)
      In light of the current rationing of personal protective equipment for medical professionals, and ventilators and other life-saving and sustaining medical resources, legal experts for this live COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing discuss the legality of and potential legal challenges to rationing of medical resources. The guests also review disability rights and access in the context of medical resource rationing.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Legality and Challenges to Rationing Medical Resources (Part II)

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-02)
      In light of the current rationing of personal protective equipment for medical professionals, and ventilators and other life-saving and sustaining medical resources, legal experts for this live COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing discuss the legality of and potential legal challenges to rationing of medical resources. The guests also review disability rights and access in the context of medical resource rationing.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Liability Shields

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-05-07)
      This broad-ranging Briefing discusses immunity waivers at various levels, ranging from PREP to CARES, malpractice provisions already in place, immunity for the nursing home industry, and more.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Medicaid and the ACA

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-16)
      As it becomes clearer that the impacts of COVID-19 will be felt disproportionately by those already facing disparities, one question that keeps arising is the role insurance will play in the fall-out. This Briefing focuses on Medicaid and the ACA, particularly the implications of not re-opening the exchanges.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Preemption

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-05-21)
      Continuing our discussion of state vs. local authority, this Briefing takes a detailed look at how preemption is shaping and defining the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Protecting the Vulnerable Substance Use Disorder Population During COVID-19

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-09)
      This Briefing will explore the legal and policy questions around substance use disorder (SUD) exceptionalism. Panelists discuss how different legal rules apply to access to medications for opioid use disorder and other services compared to those provided to the majority with access to care; and, how we can construct social support, services, and safe housing for a population that has strong overlaps with other extremely vulnerable cohorts such as the homeless or newly released prisoners.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Race and Bias in COVID-19 Care and Response

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-29)
      Recent reporting data are showing that racial minorities in the United States are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 – both in hospitalization rates and deaths. It seems the virus does discriminate by exacerbating existing racial disparities and bias. This Briefing focuses on the disparate impact of COVID-19, and explores the way public policy decisions may be used to begin to chip away at some of the disproportionate negative effects.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-05-28)
      Among 92 attendees at a church in rural Arkansas in early March, there were 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19, three deaths, and an additional 26 cases and one death linked in the community. Even as we learn more about the ease of spread in groups indoors, many churches and religious organizations are questioning the constitutionality of forced church closures during the pandemic. This Briefing describes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the context of COVID-19 and explores some of the recent cases challenging closures during the pandemic.