Testimony, Comments and Briefs

2020 Comments

  • Health organization comments to U.S. EPA regarding review of the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (Oct. 1)
  • Organization petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requesting the agency to to account for the cumulative health effect of chemicals in the diet when allowing new chemicals in food (Sept. 23)
  • Organization comments to HHS and USDA recommending the inclusion of preventive dental health practices in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines (August 7)
  • APHA comments to EPA's TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals regarding the Draft Risk Evaluation of Asbestos (June 2)
  • Organization comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opposing the agency's "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” proposed rulemaking (May 18)
  • Organization comments to USDA in opposition to the “Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs” proposed rule (April 21)
  • Organization comments to the Department of Labor regarding implementation of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act provisions in the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 27)
  • APHA comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the agency's proposed rule National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (Feb. 11)
  • APHA comments opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opposing the proposed rule to weaken the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (Jan. 30)

2020 Briefs

  • Health organization brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in support of the petitioners challenging EPA's decision to revoke California's ability to set its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles (July 2)
  • APHA, American Academy of Nursing and public health deans and scholars amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of upholding and maintaining the Affordable Care Act regardless of the court's decision on the constitutionality of the ACA's individual mandate (May 13)
  • Public health amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth District opposing the state of Oklahoma's decision to restrict access to abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic (April 24)
  • Public health amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District opposing the state of Tennessee's decision to restrict access to abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic (April 23)
  • Public health brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit opposing the state of Arkansas's decision to restrict access to abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic (April 21)
  • Brief submitted by APHA and other petitioners to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit urging the court to vacate EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule and remand the issue to EPA to establish meaningful protections against carbon pollution from existing power plants (April 17) 
  • Health organization brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of the American Academy of Pediatrics et al. urging the court to affirm the District Court’s decision that FDA acted illegally in delaying implementation of premarket review for e-cigarettes, cigars, and other products subject to the deeming rule (Feb. 27)
  • Health organization brief in support of the petitioners challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's dust-lead and soil-lead hazard standards for failure to adequately protect public health (Jan. 16)

2020 Testimony

  • APHA testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery at the hearing “Pandemic Response: Confronting the Unequal Impacts of COVID-19” (July 10)
  • APHA testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at the hearing COVID-19: Going Back to College Safely (June 4)

2019 Comments

  • APHA comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft risk evaluation for methylene chloride (Dec. 27)
  • Organization comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ request for information on PreventionX (Dec. 19)
  • Health organization comments to U.S. EPA opposing rollback of New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry (Nov. 25)
  • Organization comments to U.S. EPA regarding proposed Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 14 for meat and poultry industry pollution (Nov. 25)
  • Health organization comments in response to the request for comments on U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed rule to establish new required health warnings for cigarette packages and advertisements, "Tobacco Products; Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements" (Oct. 15) 
  • Health organization comments to U.S. EPA opposing a proposal to reclassify major sources of air pollution under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act (Sept. 24)
  • APHA comments opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule, "Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" (Sept. 19) 
  • APHA comments on the Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Aug. 12)
  • APHA comments to EPA regarding Draft: OPPT Updated Risk Characterization for Occupational Inhalation of PV29 Based on Updated Approach (July 10)
  • APHA comments opposing the Office of Management and Budget’s notice to change the Official Poverty Measure (June 21)
  • APHA comments opposing the U.S. Department of Housing and Development's proposed rule, "Verification of Eligible Status," which would restrict or eliminate access to public and other subsidized housing for mixed-status immigrant families that have members who are undocumented or otherwise ineligible for housing assistance (July 3) 
  • APHA comments to EPA regarding the advance notice of proposed rulemaking on a training, certification and limited access program for commercial users of methylene chloride (May 24)
  • Health organization comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration's draft guidance aimed at preventing youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars (April 30) 
  • Health organization comments to U.S. EPA opposing the proposed reconsideration of the “appropriate and necessary finding” for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard for coal- and oil-fired power plants (April 17)
  • Health organization comments regarding EPA's proposed revised definition of Waters of the United States (April 15)
  • APHA comments opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule, "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents," which would impose harsh work requirements on certain SNAP participants and eliminate SNAP benefits for more than 755,000 adults (April 2)
  • Health organization comments to U.S. EPA opposing the proposed rule to weaken the 2015 carbon pollution limits for New, Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources (March 18)
  • APHA comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives (Jan. 17)
  • APHA comments urging EPA to revisit and revise the Draft Risk Evaluation for PV29 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (Jan. 14)
  • APHA comments opposing the Department of Health and Human Services' proposed rule, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Exchange Program Integrity," which threatens to eliminate coverage of abortion in the ACA marketplaces (Jan. 8) 

2019 Briefs

  • Health organization brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District in support of the Petitioners in the case of League of United Latin American Citizens, et al. and the State of New York, et al. vs. Andrew Wheeler and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the failure of EPA to ban all uses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos (Dec. 13)
  • Health organization brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the petitioners in the case June Medical Services v. Gee, challenging a Louisiana law that would require physicians who provide abortion care to hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital (Dec. 2)
  • Amicus brief of medical, public health and mental health organizations in the case of Gloucester County School Board v. Gavin Grimm in support of the Plaintiff-Appellee (Nov. 25)
  • APHA brief filed in support of the ACLU's petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States in a case challenging a Kentucky law that imposes restrictions on the provision of safe and legal abortion without medical justification (Oct. 28)
  • Health organization brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California challenging the administration's decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (Oct. 7)
  • Public health brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York highlighting the negative public health impacts of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's final rule, "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds" (Sept. 10) 
  • Organization brief filed before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by the Center for Science in the Public's Interest, and others, against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their recent decision to offer nutrition "flexibilities," allowing schools to serve meals with more sodium and fewer whole grains (Sept. 6) 
  • Organization brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District highlighting the negative public health impacts of the U.S. Department of Defense's discriminatory policy against service members living and serving with HIV (July 25)
  • Health organization brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et al. in support of the employees (July 3)
  • Public health brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging the court to support Plaintiffs-Appellees’ emergency motion for reconsideration en banc of the decision to allow implementation of the final Title X rule (June 26)
  • Public health brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in support of the Title X Family Planning Program in the case State of Oregon vs. Azar (April 9)
  • Health organization brief in support of the Defendants-Appellees in the case Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School District No. 2 (March 11) 
  • Health organization brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Fifth Circuit in the Whole Women's Health Texas disposal case requiring the burial and cremation of fetal remains from miscarriages and abortions (Jan. 10)

2019 Testimony

  • APHA testimony before the House Budget Committee hearing: The Costs of Climate Change: From Coasts to Heartland, Health to Security (July 24)
  • Friends of HRSA Coalition testimony supporting increased funding in FY 2020 for the Health Resources and Services Administration submitted for the record to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (June 6)
  • APHA testimony supporting increased FY 2020 funding for CDC and HRSA submitted for the record to the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (May 24)
  • APHA testimony before the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, House Energy and Commerce Committee, in support of H.R. 1603, the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 (May 8)
  • APHA testimony supporting increased FY 2020 funding for CDC and HRSA submitted for the record to the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (April 8)
  • CDC Coalition testimony supporting increased FY 2020 funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted for the record to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (April 8)
  • Friends of HRSA Coalition testimony supporting increased funding in FY 2020 for the Health Resources and Services Administration submitted for the record to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (April 8) 

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