AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: 2015 Annual Conference
Law, Religion, and Health in America

Saturday, May 09, 2015
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Registration is now available online! Conference DescriptionReligion and medicine have historically gone hand in hand, but increasingly have come into…

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Health Law Workshop: Rachel Sachs

Monday, April 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Presentation Title: "Prescription Drug Reimbursement as Innovation Incentive" Rachel Sachs is an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center. She earned her…

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King v. Burwell and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This Term, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Affordable Care Act permits the government to extend…

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RESCHEDULED: Health Law Workshop: Liran Einav

Monday, March 23, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Presentation: "The Response of Drug Expenditure to Non-Linear Contract Design: Evidence from Medicare Part D" (co-authors, Amy Finkelstein and…

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Opening shots fired in Obamacare Supreme Court battle

The Washington Times, March 3, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Matthew Lawrence (Academic Fellow)

From the article: Congressman Paul Ryan and other influential Republicans sketched out plans Tuesday for how they'd deal with a Supreme Court ruling that cancels Obamacare's subsidies in many of…

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HHS Shifts Money From Cancer, Global Health To Pay For Health Insurance Exchange

Kaiser Health News, March 3, 2015
by Phil Galewitz

In their latest attack on the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans question why the Obama administration transferred money last year from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for…

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Call for Papers: Health Law Scholars Workshop 2015

Call for Papers: Health Law Scholars Workshop 2015
The Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law

Deadline: April 13, 2015

The Health Law Scholars Workshop is a collegial forum in which faculty new to health law and bioethics scholarship present works-in-progress and receive in-depth advice from experienced scholars and teachers in the field of health…

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People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

NPR, March 2, 2015
by Patti Neighmond

When you ask people what impacts health you'll get a lot of different answers: Access to good health care and preventative services, personal behavior, exposure to germs or pollution and…

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White House Crafts Health Law Arguments To Appeal To Conservative Justices

Kaiser Health News, February 26, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. When the Supreme Court hears arguments in King v. Burwell, the Obama administration lawyers will highlight states' rights…

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Attention, Shoppers:

NPR, February 26, 2015
by Jay Hancock

Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy's and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say. But an…

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U.S. Steps Up Commitment To Fight Malaria

NPR, February 26, 2015
by Jason Beaubien

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a six-year extension of a program to combat malaria around the globe.

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Flood of Briefs on the Health Care Law’s Subsidies Hits the Supreme Court

New York Times, February 21, 2015
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Liberal groups are emphasizing states’ rights, a theme calculated to appeal to conservative Supreme Court justices. The insurance industry, once a foe, has come to the aid of President Obama. Conservatives…

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Medicaid Expansion Plans Falter In Wyoming, Kansas

Kaiser Health News, February 23, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. A proposal to accept federal money to expand the health program in Wyoming dies in the state House…

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WHO urges shift to single-use smart syringes:

BBC News, February 23, 2015
by James Gallagher

Reusing syringes leads to more than two million people being infected with diseases including HIV and hepatitis each year. The new needles are more expensive, but the WHO says the…

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Incorrect tax forms sent to 800,000 Obamacare enrollees:

Al Jazeera America, February 20, 2015

The Obama administration said on Friday that 800,000 people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act received incorrect tax forms and should wait to receive new ones before filing their…

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HHS Announces Special Enrollment Period For Uninsured Who Discover Penalties At Tax Time

Kaiser Health News, February 20, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. The Friday announcement follows requests from advocacy groups who said many people will not realize the consequences of…

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Some GOP Governors Vow To Make No Changes If High Court Invalidates Subsidies

Kaiser Health News, February 17, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Reuters surveyed officials in the states that would be directly affected if the Supreme Court strikes down federal…

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Contrived Threats v. Uncontrived Warnings:

by Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director)

Abstract: Inducing agreement to a contract or condition by using threats to engage in otherwise lawful action is sometimes lawful, but sometimes unlawful, under the doctrines of contractual duress, unconstitutional…

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Blood transfusions show early promise as possible Ebola cure:

Al Jazeera America, February 16, 2015
by Amy Maxmen

[...] With the trials coming a year after the start of the outbreak in Guinea, blood treatments will not make much of a dent in the overall death toll, which…

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Supreme Court Health Law Decision Could Have High Costs For Consumers, Hospitals

Kaiser Health News, February 13, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. The high court's decision could result in millions of people losing access to financial assistance for health insurance,…

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Questions Continue About Plaintiffs In Pending Supreme Court Health Law Challenge

Kaiser Health News, February 12, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. The questions have to do with whether plaintiffs in King. v. Burwell have standing in the lawsuit and…

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As Health Incentives Rise, Many Get Paid To Work Out And Eat Kale

WBUR (NPR), February 9, 2015
by Martha Bebinger

Laura Smith scans a wall of pasta sauce jars at a Shaw’s in Waltham, and reaches for her favorite. “It looks like it would be fantastic for you,” Smith says,…

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High Stakes: A Q & A On The Mental Health Parity Proposed Rule For Medicaid Managed Care

Kaiser Health News, February 6, 2015
by Lisa Gillespie, interviewing Emily Feinstein

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 is viewed as a landmark step in improving patients’ access to mental health services. The effort was bolstered in 2010 by…

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Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review collaborative blogging with Health Affairs

Petrie-Flom, February 5, 2015

The Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review was a big success!  Video will be posted on our website shortly, but our presenters will be posting on their respective topics…

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Republicans release Obamacare Plan B in case of repeal or court ruling:

Washington Times, February 4, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Matthew J. B. Lawrence (Academic Fellow)

[...] Matthew Lawrence, who teaches a seminar on Obamacare at Harvard Law School , said the administration’s silence is unsurprising for several reasons. Any planning  may be in its early stages, and…

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Budget Changes To Medicare, HHS Programs Would Garner $399 Billion In 10 Years

Kaiser Health News, February 3, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. President Barack Obama's budget request includes proposals that would increase spending for some Medicare beneficiaries, including co-payments for…

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Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Couldn't make it in person? Join the discussion on Twitter! #2015HealthLawPReview The Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review symposium…

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GOP Lawmakers Won’t Preserve Health Subsidies If The High Court Strikes Them From Law

Kaiser Health News, January 30, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. This signal from congressional Republicans ups the ante regarding the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act that…

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IRS Eases Repayment Rules For Excess Health Premium Subsidies

Kaiser Health News, January 30, 2015
by Michelle Andrews

Consumers who received too much in federal tax credits when buying insurance on the health law’s marketplaces last year got a reprieve of sorts from the Internal Revenue Service this week.…

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Hatch op-ed being used to defend Obamacare in Supreme Court case

Washington Times, January 29, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr.

[...] In cases like these, it is fairly common for interested parties to “use whatever they can to flavor their arguments in the briefs,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health…

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Elizabeth Warren’s bill to deter pharma wrongdoing may be a flawed fix:

Al Jazeera America, January 29, 2015
by Elijah Wolfson

[...]  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is expected to introduce in Congress the Medical Innovation Act, designed to funnel additional funds toward the NIH. The mechanism is straightforward: Every time a pharmaceutical…

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Innovator in Residence

Innovator in Residence
Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: Open until filled.

A rapidly growing public health startup, ORGANIZE, is seeking to hire a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial individual to serve a two-year appointment of Innovator In Residence (IIR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The…

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In State-Of-The-Union Speech, Obama Pledges To Veto Efforts To Undo The Health Law

Kaiser Health News, January 21, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. News outlets described President Barack Obama as confident and defiant as he laid out an agenda for his…

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Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

NPR, January 21, 2015
by Jeff Cohen and April Dembosky

Are you thinking about tax day yet? Your friendly neighborhood tax preparer is. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, partly because this…

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Health-Law Test To Cut Readmissions Lacks Early Results

Kaiser Health News, January 14, 2015
by Jay Hancock

Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law’s $10 billion innovation lab wouldn’t always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.…

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Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees

Kaiser Health News, January 12, 2015
by Phil Galewitz

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rita Gorenflo’s 7-year-old son Nathaniel was in severe pain from a sinus infection. But since the boy was covered by Medicaid, she couldn’t immediately find…

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New Rules to Limit Tactics on Hospitals’ Fee Collections

New York Times, January 11, 2015
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has adopted sweeping new rules to discourage nonprofit hospitals from using aggressive tactics to collect payments from low-income patients. Under the rules, nonprofit hospitals must…

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Health Premiums Rise More Slowly, but Workers Shoulder More of Cost

New York Times, January 8, 2015
by Tara Siegel Bernard

[...] Although the rise in premiums has slowed since passage of the Affordable Care Act, workers who receive health insurance through their employers are shouldering more health care expenses at a time…

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FDA Advisory Panel Backs First Potential ‘Copycat’ Drug

Kaiser Health News, January 8, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. If the government accepts the recommendation, it could mean millions in savings for consumers who need expensive drugs.…

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3 States Counter Obama’s Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

NPR, January 6, 2015
by Eric Whitney

States have a year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana are trying to get the money, but their legislators may…

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Obama Plans Vigorous Response To GOP Congress, Efforts To Roll Back Health Law

Kaiser Health News, January 5, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

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Health Care Fixes Backed by Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty

New York Times, January 5, 2015
by Robert Pear

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard…

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Interview with Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen about “Patients with Passports”:

Jefferson Public Radio (Oregon), January 5, 2015
by Geoffrey Riley and Charlotte Duren

If your doctor won't recommend a medical procedure you want, you can go to another doctor.  But would you travel to another country for the procedure?  And how about if…

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Rural Doctor Launches Startup To Ease Pain Of Dying Patients

NPR, January 3, 2015
by April Dembosky

[...] By the time Fratkin leaves the Hoopa Valley, he's spent half a day with one patient. This is something the hospital in Eureka just couldn't afford to have him…

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As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay The Price

Kaiser Health News, December 23, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Andy Pasternak, a family doctor in Reno, Nev., has seen more than 100 new Medicaid patients this year after the state expanded the insurance program under the Affordable Care Act.…

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Public Easily Swayed On Attitudes About Health Law, Poll Finds

Kaiser Health News, December 18, 2014
by Julie Rovner

Just days before the requirement for most large employers to provide health insurance takes effect, a new poll finds the public easily swayed over arguments for and against the policy.…

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Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

Kaiser Health News, December 15, 2014
by Jay Hancock

For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act…

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Drastic drop in global malaria deaths:

Al Jazeera America, December 9, 2014

Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000 and cases are falling steadily thanks to more people being diagnosed and treated, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Yet progress…

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Temporary Medicaid Pay Raise For Doctors Set To Expire Jan. 1

Kaiser Health News, December 11, 2014

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

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With 1.5 Million Sign-Ups So Far, Obamacare Enrollment Is Brisk

Kaiser Health News, December 11, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

With less than a week until the deadline to buy individual health insurance that begins Jan. 1, experts say sign-ups are on course to hit or exceed the Obama administration’s…

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