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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Friday, December 10, 2004

Research and Policy Aids from NCSL

The National Conference of State Legislatures does a nice job of providing policy backgrounders and 50-state surveys on a variety of hot health-law issues, e.g.:

  • Medical Malpractice (NCSL Backgrounder, Oct. 2004): summarizes recent state and proposed federal med-mal reforms.
  • 50 States Summary of Breastfeeding Laws (Sept. 2004): summarizes state laws on breastfeeding. According to the summary, 35 states have enacted legislation on breastfeeding issues. These include locations for breastfeeding, exemption from public indecency laws, breastfeeding in the workplace, jury duty for breastfeeding mothers and breastfeeding awareness campaigns. There are also a spattering of unique laws; for example, "Louisiana prohibits any child care facility from discriminating against breastfed babies."  The summaries indicate the state, code citation, a brief description of the law and the originating legislation.
  • 50 States Summary of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Laws (Nov. 2004): summarizes state laws on sudden infant death syndrome. It notes that state laws vary significantly in this area, including in the definition of SIDS. State laws cover issues such as protocol for autopsies and other guidance for medical examiners, educational programs, counseling, special training for child care personnel and experts on child fatality review panels. The summaries indicate the state, code citation, and a brief description of the law.

  • 50 States Summary of Osteoporosis Laws (June 2004): summarizes state laws on osteoporosis, a bone condition that affects some women after menopause. The summary indicates that federal and state legislation has been introduced to fund medical research concerning this disease. Many state laws establish public awareness programs. A small number mandate insurance coverage for osteoporosis-related diagnostic and treatment services.

Thanks to The Virtual Chase for providing most of these links and summaries.

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