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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RESCHEDULED: Health Law Workshop: Thomas Greaney

Monday, April 06, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Presentation: "Medicare Advantage, Accountable Care Organizations, and Traditional Medicare: Synchronization or Collision?" Thomas L. Greaney is Chester A. Myers Professor of…

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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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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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Health Law Arguments Offer Few Clues About Supreme Court Decision

Kaiser Health News, March 4, 2015
by Julie Rovner

For the second time in three years, the federal Affordable Care Act went before the Supreme Court Wednesday. And before a packed courtroom, a divided group of justices mostly picked…

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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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RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities: 2015 Call for Applications

RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities: 2015 Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: April 14, 2015

Purpose The RWJF Awards for Eliminating Health Disparities program advances RWJF’s vision for building a Culture of Health by recognizing and celebrating individuals who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health. Recognition of…

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The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government

The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
American Public Health Association

Deadline: March 09, 2015

The APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make a contribution to enhancing public health science and practical…

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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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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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Lots Of Seniors Are Overweight, But Few Use Free Counseling For It

NPR, February 23, 2015
by Sarah Varney

[...] To help the nation's 13 million obese seniors, theAffordable Care Act included a new Medicare benefit offering face-to-face weight-loss counseling in primary care doctors' offices. It is free to patients, with…

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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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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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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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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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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? Check out the individual sessions in the videos linked above! The Third Annual Health Law…

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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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Mormon Church Wants Freedom to Discriminate

New York Times, January 27, 2015
by Andrew Rosenthal

[...] The Associated Press explained: “Mormon leaders still want to hire and fire workers based not only on religious beliefs, but also on behavior standards known as honor codes that require gays…

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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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Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

AP, January 20, 2015
by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Jack Gillum

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The…

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Medicare chief with key role in Obamacare rollout steps down:

Al Jazeera America, January 16, 2015

Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over thepresident's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded…

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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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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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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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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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Even With Coverage Expansion, Access To Mental Health Services Poses Challenges

Kaiser Health News, December 18, 2014
by Lisa Gillespie

Even though more Americans have access to health insurance because of the health law, getting access to mental health services can still be challenging. A new report concludes that despite the 2008…

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2015-2016 Fellowship in Medical Ethics

2015-2016 Fellowship in Medical Ethics
The Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School

Deadline: March 02, 2015

The Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School supports research and teaching on ethical issues in medicine, health, and healthcare policy and practice.  The Fellowship in Medical Ethics is open to physicians, nurses, lawyers, social…

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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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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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Request for Public Commentary on Public Health Emergency Response to Ebola

Request for Public Commentary on Public Health Emergency Response to Ebola
Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Deadline: February 06, 2015

Request for Public Commentary At its meeting on November 6, 2014, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) began its consideration of the complex ethical landscape of…

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Health Policy Attorney

Health Policy Attorney
Legal Action Center

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a Health Policy Attorney in its New York office to work on cutting edge legal and policy issues related to health care privacy and access to care, particularly addiction…

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Health Journalism 2015: Fellowships

Health Journalism 2015: Fellowships
Association of Health Care Journalists

Deadline: March 02, 2015

AHCJ, with the support of several health foundations, is able to offer a number of fellowships to health journalists. The application deadline for the following fellowships is March 2, 2015:

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Obama health adviser apologizes for ‘glib’ remarks

AP, December 9, 2014
by Charles Babington

WASHINGTON (AP) — MIT economist Jonathan Gruber — an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law — told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he…

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Children’s Health Program Faces Cloudy Future Under ACA

Pew Charitable Trusts, December 4, 2014
by Christine Vestal

The Children’s Health Insurance Program got a big boost under the Affordable Care Act, which called for an increase in federal funding for the program and required states to maintain…

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Bioethics Funding Opportunity: Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas

Bioethics Funding Opportunity: Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas
The Greenwall Foundation

Deadline: January 12, 2015

New Bioethics Program, Spring 2015 Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas The Greenwall Foundation will fund a bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas to support research…

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