29 Health Law. 1 (2016-2017)

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  IN TIS IS$UEF

Zika Funding and
Partisan Politics ....................... 1

Chair's Column....................... 2

Third Party Payments of
Qualified Health Plan
   Prmims......... ............. .......  






Section News...................... 27

Make a Difference in the Lives
of Cancer Survivors Through
the Section's Breast Cancer
Task Forcem   ....................... 28

Health Hackers: Questioning
the Sufficiency of Remedies
When  Medical Information
is Compromised ..................... 29

Section Calendar ......Back Cover


ZITKA FUNDING ANDARISAN

POLITICS


Janet L. Dotgin, Esq.*
Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished
  Professor HeAth tCare Law
Maurice A_ Deane School of Law
  at Hositra University
Professor of Science Education
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Hempstead, NY


Introduction

    In 2014,  Congress  responded
effectively to the threat of art Egbola
epidemic's emergence   within  the
United Stares. A year-and-a-haf later,
it failed to respond similarly to the
threat presented by the Zika virus. In
late 2014, Congress appropriated $5.4
bilion in etergency funding to corn-
bat: EIola. In contrast, congressional
paralysis, grounded in partisan politics,
precluded a similar legislative response
to President Obama's request: in February
2016  for $1.9 billion in emergency
funds to combat Zika.4 In short, the con-
gressional response to Ebola reflected
a coalescence of concern that displaced
partisan politics. Congress's response to
the risk posed  by the  Zika virus
reflected broad ideological disagree-
ments  and a delay that could have
proved, andi may still prove, harmful to
the health of the population.

    This article sunmarizes the threat
that Zika poses to public health. It
reviews governmental   action thar


would likely limit that threat and then
delineates Congress's failure to appro-
priat:e funding to combat Zika in the
months  between the administration's
request for such finding and the sum-
mer of 2016. The  art icle focuses on
Congress's readiness to stymie funding
for a national response to Zika by dis-
placing cooperation with sectarian
politics. That such did not occur in
2014 -- when Congress voted expedi-
tiously to fund responses to Ebola
- may reflect the extraordinary level of
national concern evoked  by nedia
presentations of Ebola, as compared
with those of Zika in 2016,6 a harden-
ing of sectarian positions in  the
intervening two years, or both.


Zika:  Uncertainties and
Facts:   the  Risks  of Zika
to Public   Health

    Significant uncertainty surrounds
tIe emergence and spread of the Zika
virus. It has proven difficult to pre-
dict where the virus will likely appear
over time.8 Further, individuals in
areas with Zika-infected mosquitoes
are sometimes infected but exhibit no
symptoms.  A  small percentage  of
tiose infected with the virus develop
serious conditions, including Guillan-
Barre Syndrome.' It is uncear who
will be affected this way or why. 'Tere
is uncertainty about  the relation
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Volume 29, Number 1,
October 2016


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