Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Executive Director!

Petrie-Flom Center, May 10, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH (HLS ’10, HSPH ’10), will join...

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Senate Plan Would Give Corporations, High Income Earners A $1 Trillion Tax Cut

Kaiser Health News, June 23, 2017

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

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Health-Care Stocks Get Boost From Senate Bill

Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2017
by Amrith Ramkumar and Riva Gold

>This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis+

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Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid

New York Times, June 22, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, who for seven years have promised a repeal of the Affordable...

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Senate bill contains $50B to stabilize ObamaCare markets

The Hill, June 22, 2017
by Nathaniel Weixel

The Senate Republican healthcare reform bill would appropriate $50 billion over four years to try to...

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Promises Made To Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow

Kaiser Health News, June 22, 2017
by Jay Hancock and Rachel Bluth

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as prese...

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GOP Senators Working On Health Bill Weigh Deeper Reductions In Medicaid

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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State Officials Scramble To Woo Insurers Back Into ACA Marketplaces

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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Lacking Real Power To Alter GOP Bill, Democrats Try To Throw Wrench In Process Itself

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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As Rep...

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At Drug Hearing, Senators Discuss Meanings of Price and Value - and Debate Health Reform

Health Affairs Blog, June 20, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article by ;Rachel E. Sachs, (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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On Tuesday, June 13, the Senate...

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The Senate Is Close to a Health Care Bill, but Do Republicans Have the Votes?

New York Times, June 19, 2017
by Wilson Andrews and Hayeoun Park

The 52 Republican senators have been meeting several times a week behind closed doors to d...

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The Platinum Patients

The Atlantic, June 15, 2017
by Story by Andrew McGill, Graphics by Russell Goldenberg of Polygraph

Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined. Th...

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Is Competition the Solution to High Drug Prices?

Marketplace, June 14, 2017
by Dan Gorenstein, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“Biosimilars free up funding in the health care system to pay for other inn...

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Descent Into Secrecy

Kaiser Health News, June 14, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Congress struggling to finish a huge budget reconciliation bill. A GOP president pushing a major ove...

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This Pharma Company Won’t Commit to Fairly Pricing a Zika Vaccine You Helped Pay For

The Huffington Post, June 9, 2017
by Alexander C. Kaufman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“The incentives for any one company to raise its prices or engage in questi...

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Powerful GOP Chairman Backs Insurance Subsidy Payments

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2017

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

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ERISA: A Bipartisan Problem For The ACA And The AHCA

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2017
by Abbe R. Gluck, Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), and Peter D. Jacobson

From the post

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The Supreme Court has once again been called on to mediate the boundaries...

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From the Technical to the Personal: Teaching and Learning Health Insurance Regulation and Reform

Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 61, no. 411
by Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), Whitney A. Brown, and Lindsay Cutler

From the article

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In the Fall of 2016, I taught Health Law and Policy for the fourth consecutive se...

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How a Supreme Court ruling on printer cartridges could have a big impact on drug prices

STAT News, May 30, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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A Supreme Court ruling on international printer cartridge sales could have major...

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From ‘Subsidy Cliffs’ To Empty Marketplaces

Kaiser Health News, June 5, 2017

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

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Republican Senator

Kaiser Health News, June 2, 2017

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

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Sen. R...

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New Issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), Vol. 4, No. 1, April 2017

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the open-access journal launched in 2014 by the Pe...

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Health Care Groups At A Crossroads Over Trying To Kill GOP Bill Or Help Shape It

Kaiser Health News, May 30, 2017

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

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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

New York Times, May 29, 2017
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted...

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The addict brokers

STAT, May 28, 2017
by David Armstrong — STAT and Evan Allen — Boston Globe

[...] Patient brokers can earn up to tens of thousands of dollars a year by wooing vulnerable addict...

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McConnell Confides Uncertainty Over Health Plan

Kaiser Health News, May 25, 2017

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

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The Trump administration could bring down drug prices. But it would take guts

STAT News, May 15, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“If Price and [President] Trump are interested in lower-priced drugs, they...

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The White House budget director dropped a hint about how Trump could bring drug prices down

Washington Post, May 12, 2017
by Carolyn Y. Johnson, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the artcile

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Trump has repeatedly said that drug prices are too high but has often suggested t...

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New FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb: Medication Reformer or Big Pharma Shill?

The Fix, May 18, 2017
by Paul Gaita, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Gottlieb's position has earned cautious approval from medical industry observ...

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New York state wants its prescription drug money back—or else

USA Today, May 18, 2017
by Julie Appleby, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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New York’s Medicaid program, for example, has seen its drug spending rise o...

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Trump, Shouting ‘Death Spiral,’ Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward

New York Times, May 20, 2017
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — When Aetna, the health insurance giant, announced this month that it wa...

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Trump reportedly wants to kill critical Obamacare subsidies

CNBC, May 19, 2017
by Dan Mangan

President Donald Trump now reportedly wants to pull the plug on a big pot of Obamacar...

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After All That Turmoil, House May Have To Vote On Health Plan Again

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2017

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

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In an...

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‘There Are No Hands On The Wheel’

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2017

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

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The fi...

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Administration Reportedly ‘Encouraged” Texas To Pursue Millions In Withheld Medicaid Funds

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2017

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

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Flickers Of Bipartisanship May Light Way For Plan B In Senate If GOP Legislation Fails

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017

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

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Trump Says He Knows About Health Care, But Some Of His Facts Seem Alternative

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Lost in all the coverage of the firing of FBI Director James Comey last week were a pair of in-depth...

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There’s a federal law to lower drug prices—and Louisiana may just use it

Ars Technica, May 4, 2017
by Beth Mole, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in St Louis, told the ...

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Louisiana proposes tapping a century-old patent law to cut hepatitis C drug prices

Kaiser Health News, May 2, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis...

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Promoting demand-side innovation: prizes for payers

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, May 5, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,1 the recent article by Pro...

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Innovative Contracting for Pharmaceuticals and Medicaid’s Best-Price Rule

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Forthcoming
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius N. Lakdawalla

From the abstract

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In recent years, drug manufacturers and private payers have expressed interest i...

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Aetna Pulling Out Of All ACA Marketplaces Amid Uncertainty, Financial Losses

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2017

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

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While...

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Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book

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While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilita...

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Trump administration appoints new AHRQ director

Modern Healthcare, May 9, 2017
by Maria Castellucci

Gopal Khanna has been tapped as the new director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,...

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Health Act Repeal Could Threaten U.S. Job Engine

New York Times, May 6, 2017
by Nelson D. Schwartz and Reed Abelson

[...] The outsize economic role of the American health care industry heightens the risks posed by th...

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In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few...

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House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace major parts...

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Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

Health Affairs Blog, April 27, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius Lakdawalla

From the article

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Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices&nb...

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As a competitor encroached, Mylan took one state to court to push EpiPen sales, documents

STAT News, April 24, 2017
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Three lawyers who reviewed the case at the request of STAT said they could...

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Death By 1,000 Cuts: How Republicans Can Still Alter Your Coverage

Kaiser Health News, April 10, 2017
by Jay Hancock, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“It’s the single-biggest problem facing the exchanges,” said Ra...

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Senate will vote to overturn Planned Parenthood protections

POLITICO, March 30, 2017
by Dan Diamond, featuring NEJM article co-authored by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the newsletter

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What the experts are saying. NEJM posted a pair of perspectives that offe...

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Price doesn’t satisfy Congress on appropriations

POLITICO, March 30, 2017
by Darius Tahir, featuring NEJM article co-authored by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the newsletter

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The latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine is full of eHealt...

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Scott Gottlieb’s FDA Commissioner Confirmation Hearing: Remarkably Unremarkable

Health Affairs Blog, April 7, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the post

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On Wednesday morning, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Energy, Labor, a...

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The Original Lie About Obamacare

New York Times, March 14, 2017
by David Leonhardt, quoting Michael Anne Kyle (Student Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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At that point, Obama faced a second choice – between forging ahead with a s...

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Call for Papers
AMA Journal of Ethics

Deadline: Various.

The AMA Journal of Ethics® is an open-access, MEDLINE-indexed online journal of expert...

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Trump’s ‘Two Out, One In’ Regulatory Policy May Apply to Some FDA Guidance

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), February 6, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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As far as what existing regulations if repealed would be considered par...

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E&C delays vote on drug pricing bill

Politico, February 6, 2017
by Sarah Karlin-Smith, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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On cost: studies have found that it usually takes a handful of generic drugscompe...

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What You Don’t Know About the Cost of Grandma’s Prescription

Pacific Standard, February 3, 2017
by Carson Leigh Brown, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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To grapple with how and why the process works this way, we talked with Rache...

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Health Law Workshop: Brendan Maher

Monday, February 13, 2017 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2016-2017
Hauser Hall, Room 104
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Brendan S. Maher is a Professor of Law and the Director of the independently endowed Insurance Law C... Read More

What Experts in Law and Medicine Have to Say About the Cost of Drugs

The Health Care Blog, February 2, 2017
by Andy Oram, on PFC's 5th Annual Health Law Year in P/Review Conference

From the article

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Pharmaceutical drug costs impinge heavily on consumers’ consciousness, ofte...

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The Trump-era Supreme Court could erode abortion access with a ‘death by 1,000 cuts’

Business Insider, February 1, 2017
by Rebecca Harrington, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Glenn Cohen, a health-law expert and professor at Harvard Law School, said two ki...

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Fifth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Monday, January 23, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2016-2017
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Couldn't make it to the event? Check out some of the speakers' slides as well as blog posts... Read More

Behavioral science suggests that Obamacare may not change as much as Republicans claim

STAT, January 3, 2017
by Christopher R. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), & Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article

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In the waning days of his administration, President Obama encouraged Americans to...

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How Donald Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Endangers Women

New York Times, December 28, 2016
by Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna) and Jill R. Horwitz

LOS ANGELES — With the selection of Representative Tom Price as secretary of health and human...

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What’s Confusing Us About Mental Health Parity

HealthAffairs Blog, December 22, 2016
by Nathaniel Counts (Student Fellow alumnus), Timothy Clement, Amanda Mauri, Paul Gionfriddo, and Garry Carneal

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) has been law since 2008. MHPAEA...

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The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Healthcare Law

The Oxford Handbooks, July 2016 (online), January 2017 (print)
by Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), and William M. Sage

>Abstract: ;The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law covers the breadth and depth of health law thr... Read More

What Health Reform Reveals about Health Law

In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Healthcare Law, I. Glenn Cohen, Allison K. Hoffman, and William M. Sage, eds., July 2016 (online), January 2017 (print)
by Allison K. Hoffmann (Academic Fellow Alumna)

>Chapter Abstract: ;This chapter describes the arc of health reform in the U.S. over the Twentiet... Read More

Funding for Cures Bill Remains Sticking Point for Health Groups

Bloomberg, November 28, 2016
by Anna Edney and Zachary Tracer, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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The Cures bill will fund some prevention efforts, said Lynne Weil, a spokeswoman...

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Morning View 11-28-16: Pharmaceuticals News

Institute for Clinical and Economic Review's Morning View, November 28, 2016
by Mitchell Stein, citing Bill of Health post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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On Friday, building on the long-standing DC tradition of releasing gargantuan reg...

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House lines up biotech lollipops as support grows for an epic 21st Century Cures Act

Endpoints News, November 28, 2016
by James Carroll, citing Bill of Health blog post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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According to Kaiser Health News, more than 1,400 lobbyists have ta...

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Lame duck Congress looks for swift approval of massive medical innovation bill

AJC.com (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), November 27, 2016
by Jamie Dupree, citing Tweet & Bill of Health post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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(Tweet by Rachel E. Sachs) My 1st thoughts on today's draft of 21st Cent...

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Online J-Term Health Law Courses
875 Summit Ave. | St. Paul, MN 55105

Deadline: January 02, 2017

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law Health Law Institute is pleased to offer two online health law co...

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ORDER NOW & RECEIVE 30% OFF: Nudging Health

Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), eds.

Abstract of the Introduction: 

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This introductory chapter to the edited volume Nudging Health:...

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Drug prices: Where do we go after the Election?

The Conversation US, October 30, 2016
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

Martin Shkreli. Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Mylan. These names have become big news, but just a year ag...

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Harvard Scholars Come to the Defense of Alabama Death Row Inmate

Alabama Political Reporter, October 19, 2016
by Chip Brownlee

From the article

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Harvard College medical ethicists filed a brief this month with the US Court of A...

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Medical ethicists challenge court ruling on lethal injection in Alabama case

ScienceDaily, October 18, 2016
by Harvard Medical School

From the article

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Court orders demanding death row inmates to provide "specific, detailed and concr...

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President’s Innovation Challenge
Harvard Innovation Lab

Deadline: December 5, 2016

General Description

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We are pleased to announce the sixth annual ;President's Innovation Ch...

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Health Care Project Manager
Health Care & Fair Competition Bureau

Deadline: October 7, 2016

General Description

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Attorney General Maura Healey is looking for a highly motivated individua...

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Mylan’s sudden plans for a generic EpiPen

Modern Healthcare, Vital Signs Blog, August 31, 2016
by Adam Rubenfire, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the post

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Obviously Mylan didn't want to underprice its own branded drug, but it's pos...

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Is This the Way to Get Rid of the Ridiculous Health Conspiracy Theories?

Politico, August 27, 2016
by Dan Diamond, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Ethicists point out that a mandatory medical review might not be feasible. While some imp...

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Opinion: Please, Boston Nonprofit Hospitals, Can’t You Join Forces Instead Of Competing?

WBUR, August 11, 2016
by Michael Anne Kyle and Lauren Taylor (Student Fellow alumni)

Here in Boston, cooperation between health care providers is a fraught issue

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Competition is fierce...

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Bosses in the Bedroom: Religious Employers and the Future of Employer-Sponsored Health Care

Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper, eds.), forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press, 2017 (forthcoming)
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Gregory Curfman

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This chapter uses the controversy over mandated cont...

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Bosses in the Bedroom

In Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper, eds.), forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press, Published online July 5, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Gregory Curfman

>Abstract

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This chapter uses the controversy over mandated contraceptive coverage in employer health...

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Skeptical Worries for ICU Rationing

American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, Spring 2016, Vol. 15, No. 2
by Luke Gelinas (Clinical Research Ethics Fellow)

From the article

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1. COMPARATIVE BENEFIT/HARM PRINCIPLES IN ICU RATIONING 

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In what follows I...

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