The Affordable Care Act is Here (To Stay): What Will It Mean for Adolescents, Young Adults, & Their Access to Sexual & Reproductive Health Services

September 10, 2013

Invited presentation on the implications of the Affordable Care Act for adolescent and young adult access to sexual and reproductive health services at the Minnesota Sexual and Reproductive Health Update.

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The Affordable Care Act Is Here (To Stay!): Will It Ensure Access to Contraception and Other Reproductive Heatlh Services for Adolescents and Young Adults?

April 6, 2013

Invited presentation on the implications of the Affordable Care Act for adolescent and young adult access to sexual and reproductive health services at the Physicians for Reproductive Health ARSHEP Training.

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State Minor Consent Laws: A Summary, Third Edition

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The Center for Adolescent Health & the Law has released the third edition of State Minor Consent Laws: A Summary! This landmark publication provides detailed information about the laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that allow minors to consent for their own health care. These laws have evolved over several decades and play a key role in adolescents’ access to a broad range of health care services that are important for protecting their health.

This 300 page monograph includes for each state a general overview of how the state’s laws address minor consent and a specific summary, with citations, of each relevant law. Some of the laws allow minors to consent for health care because they have a specific status – such as emancipated minor – and others allow minors to consent for specific health services – such as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted disease. The monograph also includes summaries of laws providing for confidentiality and disclosure of information related to the care for which minors are allowed to consent.

To accompany the specific state information, the monograph includes a detailed introduction with an overview of the legal framework for consent and confidentiality in adolescent health care, appendices with additional resources, and a chart containing an overview of minor consent laws in the states.

This monograph is an essential reference for health care professionals, lawyers, and other youth advocates and service providers working to increase access to health care for adolescents. It contains detailed, reliable, up-to-date legal information related to health care access for young people who are emancipated, homeless, married, or parents as well as laws related to contraception, pregnancy, STDs, HIV, drug and alcohol use, and outpatient mental health services.

Pricing

State Minor Consent Laws: A Summary, 3rd Edition: $75.00 (introductory price)
You will receive an electronic copy of the document immediately, and a print copy within two weeks.

State Minor Consent Laws: A Summary, 3rd Edition Individual States: $35.00 (discounts available for more than one state)
You will receive an electronic copy of the document immediately.
This document contains all introductory material and appendices from the full monograph and a summary of that state’s laws.

Ordering

Please go to our online ordering page or download an order form.

If you experience any difficulties with our on-line ordering or with downloading the order form, please contact Abigail English at info@cahl.org.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents: Legal Rights and Policy Challenges

Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents: Legal Rights and Policy Challenges. English A. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. 2007;18:571-581.

Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: Health Care, Birth Control and Confidential Services (2007)

The Center for Adolescent Health & the Law and Healthy Teen Network have produced a set of resources entitled Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: Health Care, Birth Control and Confidential Services.

The Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe series is the result of a year long investigation of how teen access to confidential services is affected when a state’s laws are unclear or not well understood. Offering confidential services is often necessary for teens to access essential preventive care. Even so, not all states explicitly authorize minors to consent for contraceptive services and even in those that do confusion about how and when teens may access confidential services often prevails – among administrators, clinical care providers, clinic support staff, teens, and parents.

This comprehensive series of brochures offers guidance to health care providers, teens, and parents of teens about ways they can deliver, receive, and support adolescents’ access to confidential contraceptive services.

Healthy Teen Network is a national membership network founded on the belief that youth can make responsible decisions about their sexuality and reproductive health when they have complete, accurate and culturally relevant information, skills, resources and support. For more information, visit HealthyTeenNetwork.org.

Download Report PDFs: Intro | Full Report
Download Brochures: Guide for Teens | Guide for Parents | Guide for Providers

Health Care for Adolescents and Young Adults Leaving Foster Care: Policy Options for Improving Access (2006)

The Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, in collaboration with the Public Policy Analysis Center for Middle Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adults Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF Policy Center) has produced Health Care for Adolescents and Young Adults Leaving Foster Care: Policy Options for Improving Access.

The issue brief describes the young people who are aging out of foster care, their health status, and the barriers to securing health care they face when leaving foster care. It explains how health care access can be improved for this population, by describing how Medicaid and SCHIP currently reach adolescents and young adults, and how these two programs can be used to help former foster youth. The brief emphasizes the important opportunity presented by the Medicaid Expansion Option contained in the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, and summarizes the policy options that can best improve access to health care for former foster youth.

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