Post-COVID U.S. Legal Reforms Promoting Public Health and Equity

Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 2020

6 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2020

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James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Sarah Wetter

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Jennifer L. Piatt

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Hanna Reinke

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: October 1, 2020

Abstract

There is no clear silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, arising from the crisis are substantial changes in laws and policies to improve public health responses and advance health equity. Some seismic legal shifts are already underway; others are in conceptual stages. We propose and explore ten major areas of legal and policy reforms precipitated by unprecedented responses and experiences underlying the COVID-19 pandemic. These include (1) constitutional assurances to abate health inequities; (2) extensive reconsideration of national and state emergency public health laws and policies; (3) development of emergency measures to counter-balance economic impacts; (4) tax laws and policies supporting wider provision of health services; (5) unification of data gathering, reporting, and sharing practices; (6) greater access to basic health care services; (7) enhanced reproductive health protections; (8) elimination of structural racial inequities impacting health outcomes; (9) law enforcement approaches promoting social justice; and (10) renewed acclimation of “health-in-all-policies.”

Keywords: COVID, legal, emergency, pandemic, public health, reform, constitution, equity, health outcomes, access, health services, social justice, HiAP, data, privacy, tax, spend, regulation, law, policy

Suggested Citation

Hodge, James G. and Wetter, Sarah and Piatt, Jennifer and Reinke, Hanna, Post-COVID U.S. Legal Reforms Promoting Public Health and Equity (October 1, 2020). Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3703386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3703386

James G. Hodge (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

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Sarah Wetter

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

Jennifer Piatt

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

Hanna Reinke

Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ
United States

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