Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Annual Fee on Health Insurers

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Annual Fee on Health Insurers

Date: December 12, 2013
Creator: Kirchhoff, Suzanne M.
Description: This report discusses the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148) and the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-152) that impose a fee on certain for-profit health insurers, starting in 2014.
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Estimating Buruli Ulcer Prevalence in Southwestern Ghana

Estimating Buruli Ulcer Prevalence in Southwestern Ghana

Date: August 2007
Creator: Denton, Curtis James
Description: Mycobacterium ulcerans is sweeping across sub-Saharan Africa, but little is known about the mode of transmission and its natural reservoirs. Since the only effective treatment is excision of the infection and surrounding tissue, early diagnosis and treatment is the only way to reduce the havoc associated with Buruli ulcer. Using data from a national case search survey conducted in Ghana during 2000 and suspected risk factors this study tests the hypothesized factors and probes the challenges of developing a spatial epidemiological regression model to explain Buruli ulcer prevalence in the southwestern region of Ghana representing 42 districts. Results suggest that prevalence is directly related to the degree of land cover classified as soil, elevation differential, and percent rural population of the area.
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Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Related Non-Tariff Barriers to Agricultural Trade

Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Related Non-Tariff Barriers to Agricultural Trade

Date: March 31, 2014
Creator: Johnson, Renée
Description: This report discuses sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, which are laws, regulations, standards, and procedures that governments employ as "necessary to protect human, animal or plant life or health" from the risks associated with the spread of pests, diseases, or disease-carrying and causing organisms, or from additives, toxins, or contaminants in food, beverages, or feedstuffs.
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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): Is It a Health Emergency?

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): Is It a Health Emergency?

Date: June 4, 2014
Creator: Lister, Sarah A.
Description: This report describes key Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) response activities and the emergency authorities available to health officials when routine activities are insufficient to address a public health threat.
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Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Ebola in the United States: Frequently Asked Questions

Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Ebola in the United States: Frequently Asked Questions

Date: December 5, 2014
Creator: Lister, Sarah A.
Description: This report answers common legal and policy questions about the potential introduction and spread of Ebola Virus Disease in the United States.
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FY2015 Budget Requests to Counter Ebola and the Islamic State (IS)

FY2015 Budget Requests to Counter Ebola and the Islamic State (IS)

Date: December 4, 2014
Creator: Epstein, Susan B.; Lister, Sarah A.; Belasco, Amy & Jansen, Don J.
Description: This report discusses the emergency request for the U.S. Ebola response and provides data on health and human services funds for Ebola and other infectious diseases.
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Safe at Home? Letting Ebola-Stricken Americans Return

Safe at Home? Letting Ebola-Stricken Americans Return

Date: August 5, 2014
Creator: Lister, Sarah A.
Description: This report examines the U.S. practice of isolation and quarantine for citizens arriving in the country who have been infected with or exposed to a dangerous communicable disease. The report frames this information in the context of the two American healthcare workers who were brought back into the U.S. for treatment after contracting the Ebola virus in West Africa in the Summer of 2014.
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Ebola: Basics About the Disease

Ebola: Basics About the Disease

Date: October 3, 2014
Creator: Lister, Sarah A.
Description: This report discusses Ebola virus disease (EVD) in general, including symptoms, modes of transmission, incubation period, and treatments; presents projections of the future course of the outbreak; and lists additional CRS products, including products focused on the situation in West Africa. Unless otherwise cited, information in this report is drawn from Ebola information pages of CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Emergency Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation: CRS Experts

Emergency Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation: CRS Experts

Date: April 14, 2009
Creator: Reese, Shawn
Description: This report includes a table that provides access to names and contact information for CRS experts on policy concerns relating to emergency preparedness and hazard mitigation. Includes a number of policy areas, such as: emergency preparedness and protection missions, functions, and structures; emergency authorities; preparedness plans; communications networks; warning systems; and state and local homeland security funding, training, and standards.
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Bioterrorism: Summary of a CRS/National Health Policy Forum Seminar on Federal, State, and Local Public Health Preparedness

Bioterrorism: Summary of a CRS/National Health Policy Forum Seminar on Federal, State, and Local Public Health Preparedness

Date: December 21, 2001
Creator: Strongin, Robin J & Redhead, C. Stephen
Description: The September 11th attack and subsequent intentional release of anthrax spores via the U.S. postal system have focused policymakers’ attention on the preparedness and response capability of the nation’s public health system. The anthrax attacks put a tremendous strain on the U. S. public health infrastructure, an infrastructure that many experts argue has been weakened by years of neglect and under-funding. To better understand the preparedness gaps that exist, as well as the disparate functions and agencies that define public health in this country, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), in conjunction with George Washington University’s National Health Policy Forum (NHPF), convened a seminar on October 26, 2001, entitled, The U.S. Health Care System: Are State and Local Officials Prepared for Bioterrorism? How Should the Federal Government Assist?
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