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APHA supports DeLauro bill to tax sugar-sweetened beverages

APHA supports DeLauro bill to tax sugar-sweetened beverages

The Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act, called the SWEET Act, discourages excessive consumption of "empty-calorie" beverages and raises funds for vital public health programs, research and nutrition education.
Health equity bill introduced in House

Health equity bill introduced in House

Health equity is one of APHA’s foundational values. Yesterday, it became the centerpiece of a proposed federal law.
EPA hosts public hearings in four cities for proposed rule

EPA hosts public hearings in four cities for proposed rule

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting public hearings for its Clean Power Plan, which proposed the first-ever nationwide carbon-emissions limits for existing power plants.
APHA brings PHACT and media experts to Google Hangout

APHA brings PHACT and media experts to Google Hangout

As part of the summer's Public Health ACTion campaign, this week, APHA gathered tips from a media savvy Google Hangout panel. Find out what the experts had to say to help public health enthusiasts improve their media advocacy skills.
APHA calls for ratification of global disability treaty

APHA calls for ratification of global disability treaty

The full Senate last considered the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD, in 2012, falling five votes short of the two-thirds supermajority vote required.
Courts disagree, millions of Americans will continue to receive ACA benefits

Courts disagree, millions of Americans will continue to receive ACA benefits

Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled to weaken federal funding mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Then the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Richmond, Va., ruled the opposite.
Health Insurance Marketplace: What did we learn?

Health Insurance Marketplace: What did we learn?

In a briefing last week, Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund discussed outcomes from the six-month open-enrollment of the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Americans share personal struggles caused by public health cuts

Americans share personal struggles caused by public health cuts

A new report from the Coalition for Health Funding reveals more than data of public health budget losses, focusing more on the human element of the consequences.
APHA supports Sen. Durbin provision to end tobacco discounts at DoD

APHA supports Sen. Durbin provision to end tobacco discounts at DoD

Should tobacco use be encouraged for members of the U.S. military through reduced prices? While the Department of Defense debates the question this week, APHA and other anti-tobacco advocates say, “No.”
Opioid epidemic highlights White House’s 2014 drug control strategy

Opioid epidemic highlights White House’s 2014 drug control strategy

Yesterday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released its fifth annual National Drug Control Strategy to “address the public health and safety challenges of the 21st century.”

July 9 news: Women’s health, smallpox, how to quit smoking

Check out the latest in public health news for Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
CDC releases latest anti-tobacco ‘Tips’ ads

CDC releases latest anti-tobacco ‘Tips’ ads

Amanda, a 30-year-old who smoked during pregnancy, gave birth two months early to a baby girl who had to spend weeks in an incubator.