SAVE THE DATE: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015

At our Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review, we will welcome experts discussing major developments during 2014 and what to watch…

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Health Law Workshop: Leemore Dafny

Monday, November 10, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 4059
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Presentation Title: "More Insurers Lower Premiums: Evidence from Initial Pricing in the Health Insurance Marketplaces" (co-authors, Jonathan Gruber and Christopher…

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Expansion of Mental Health Care Hits Obstacles

New York Times, August 28, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

[...] The Affordable Care Act has paved the way for a vast expansion of mental health coverage in America, providing access for millions of people who were previously uninsured or…

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The Obscure Part of Obamacare That Takes On Executive Pay

Washington Post, August 27, 2014
by Jason Millman

We all know Obamacare is a pretty big law, with plenty of obscure provisions that don't get much attention. For one, the law targets big executive pay packages at health…

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New Head of Healthcare.gov is Connecticut’s Counihan

Kaiser Health News, August 26, 2014
by Jeff Cohen

Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut's health insurance marketplace, will be the new CEO of healthcare.gov, the website that 36 states use to sell insurance under the Affordable Care Act,…

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Federal Officials Order Medicaid to Cover Autism Services

Kaiser Health News, August 26, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

[...] In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that comprehensive autism services must be covered for children under all state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program plans, another federal-state program…

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With Coverage Through Obamacare, Transgender Woman Opts for Surgery

Kaiser Health News, August 25, 2014
by Anna Gorman

Among the less-talked-about implications of the Affordable Care Act is the relief it is providing to many transgender people, many of whom are low-income and who have struggled to obtain…

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Administration Offers New Tweak to Birth Control Rule

Washington Post, August 22, 2014
by Jason Millman

The Obama administration, still facing legal challenges to its requirement that employer health plans provide no-cost birth control to female employees, outlined a new policy Friday to ensure that female…

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In Study, Questions About Who Should Perform In-Office Surgeries

Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2014
by Shefali Luthra

One of the hopes embedded in the health law was to expand the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in addressing the nation’s shortage of primary care providers. But…

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Medicare to Start Paying Doctors Who Coordinate Needs of Chronically Ill Patients

New York Times, August 16, 2014
by Robert Pear

In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care.…

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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment?

NPR, August 15, 2014
by Maanvi Singh

Mental health issues like depression, anxiety and substance abuse often start in adolescence, then peak in young adulthood. But for young people who don't have steady jobs or stable paychecks,…

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16% Of Large Employers Plan To Offer Low-Benefit ‘Skinny’ Plans Despite ACA: Survey

Kaiser Health News, August 13, 2014
by Jay Hancock

Nearly one company in six in a new survey from a major employer group plans to offer health coverage that doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's requirements for value and…

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Over 300,000 Must Prove Eligibility or Lose Health Care

New York Times, August 12, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

WASHINGTON — More than 300,000 people who bought subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act could lose it next month if they do not provide proof that they are living in…

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Washington’s $10 Billion Search For Health Care’s Next Big Ideas

Kaiser Health News, August 11, 2014
by Jay Hancock

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to mend what President Barack Obama called a broken health care system, but its best-known programs — online insurance and expanded Medicaid for the…

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Oracle sues Oregon over botched Obamacare exchange

LA Times, August 9, 2014
by Maeve Reston

The legal battle over Oregon's dysfunctional health insurance exchange officially began this week when Oracle Corp. sued the state agency operating the exchange, alleging breach of contract and accusing Gov. John Kitzhaber…

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In Ambitious Bid, Walmart Seeks Foothold in Primary Care Services

New York Times, August 7, 2014
by Rachel Abrams

Welcome to Walmart. The nurse will be right with you. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering…

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UCLA, Harvard Law Schools launch joint annual conference on food law and policy

Harvard Law Today, August 8, 2014

From the article: UCLA School of Law and Harvard Law School have announced the inauguration of the UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference, a joint annual conference that will focus…

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Health Law Calls For Some Workers To Be Automatically Enrolled In Coverage

Kaiser Health News, August 5, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

Newly hired employees who don’t sign up for health insurance on the job could have it done for them under a health law provision that may take effect as early…

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Cleveland’s Early Medicaid Expansion Paying Off

Kaiser Health News, August 5, 2014
by Sarah Jane Tribble

Carmen Smith remembers the day about a year ago she gained Medicaid coverage. "It was like Christmas Day, it was like getting a gift from Santa Claus!" she says. "People…

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Newly Insured, Many Now Face Learning Curve

New York Times, August 2, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

PHILADELPHIA — Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who…

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Florida’s Largest Health Insurer Is Raising Exchange Rates An Average Of 17.6 Percent

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, is increasing premiums by an average of 17.6 percent for its Affordable Care Act exchange plans next year, company officials say. The nonprofit…

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6 States, D.C. Extending Medicaid Pay Raise Next Year To Primary Care Doctors

Kaiser Health News, July 31, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary care doctors, which was a key…

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Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

Washington Times, July 29, 2014
by Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Legal scholars say origination clause challenges, historically, have been a tough sell in the courts. Indeed, it is “very rarely litigated,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health expert at Harvard…

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Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

Washington Times, July 29, 2014
by Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] Legal scholars say origination clause challenges, historically, have been a tough sell in the courts. Indeed, it is “very rarely litigated,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health expert at Harvard…

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Study Estimates 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in…

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Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

NPR, July 23, 2014
by Charles Ornstein

For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned…

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BREAKING — D.C. Circuit strikes down tax credits in federal exchanges

Washington Post, July 22, 2014
by Jonathan H. Adler

This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its much awaited opinion in Halbig v. Burwell.  In a 2-1 opinion, the Court held that the Internal Revenue…

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D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies:

Washington Times, July 22, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] To redress the potentially fatal blow to its signature law, the administration will likely seek an “en banc” hearing on the case by all the judges in the D.C. Circuit. That…

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D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies:

Washington Times, July 22, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] To redress the potentially fatal blow to its signature law, the administration will likely seek an “en banc” hearing on the case by all the judges in the D.C. Circuit. That…

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Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

NPR, July 16, 2014
by Alan Greenblatt

A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday. Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed…

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After Hobby Lobby, ACA exceptions may become the rule

Reuters, July 15, 2014
by Interview with Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Holly Fernandez Lynch analyzes the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed by Congress, will shape the impact as much as the…

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Dozens Of Religious Groups Refuse To Sign Contraceptive Opt-Out

Kaiser Health News, July 14, 2014

The two-page form, designed to accommodate religious beliefs, is regarded as an untenable compromise by some religious employers, reports The New York Times. Meanwhile, GOP governors see little fallout from…

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Obscure Rule Restricts Health Law’s Expansion of Care for Addicts

New York Times, July 10, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. — On its surface, the Affordable Care Act seems like a boon for addiction treatment centers like the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse,…

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Conflicting Views Of Supreme Court’s Contraception Decision Cloud Other Cases

Kaiser Health News, July 8, 2014
by Julie Rovner

The Supreme Court’s decision last week that some for-profit corporations don’t have to comply with the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act may have raised more questions than…

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Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

NPR, July 8, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

Four Florida insurers allegedly discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS by structuring their prescription drug benefits so that patients are discouraged from enrolling, according to a complaint filed by health advocacy…

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Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care:

New Republic, July 7, 2014
by Adam Teicholz and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new piece in New Republic on the practice adopted by some insurance companies of sending clients across the border for less expensive care. From…

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When Religious Freedom Clashes with Access to Care:

NEJM, July 2, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Gregory Curfman

At the tail end of this year's Supreme Court term, religious freedom came into sharp conflict with the government's interest in providing affordable access to health care. In a consolidated…

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Hobby Lobby stunner:

Washington Times, June 30, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Holly Lynch, a health and ethics expert at Harvard Law School, said she was “not surprised in the least that contraceptives in particular were not covered directly in the…

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Summer Program in US Health Reform

Summer Program in US Health Reform
O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Deadline: July 21 - 25, 2014

Important Dates Regular Application Deadline: June 15 Program Details Program Fees Regular Attendees Middle/Low-income Countries: $1,825 ($3,150) High-income Countries: $2,500 ($4,485) Government and Academic Attendees (Current government officials, students, post-docs, and non-tenured faculty)  …

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‘Choosing not to choose’:

Harvard Law Today, June 18, 2014

Harvard Law Today featured Cass Sunstein's keynote address at the 2014 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, "Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy." Sunstein, who is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard…

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Survey: Most Buying On Insurance Exchanges Were Uninsured

Kaiser Health News, June 19, 2014
by Julie Appleby

Nearly six in 10 Americans who bought insurance for this year through the health law’s online marketplaces were previously uninsured—most for at least two years, according to a new survey that looks…

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Contraceptive Coverage Case Decison Still Pending

Kaiser Health News, June 16, 2014

The decision on the legal challenge to the health law's birth control mandate will be issued by the end of this month. Also yet to be released is the Supreme Court's opinion on abortion opponents' free-speech challenge to a Massachusetts…

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Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey

Washington Post, June 16, 2014
by Lenny Bernstein

A report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same…

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Michigan To Reward Medicaid Enrollees Who Take ‘Personal Responsibility’

Kaiser Health News, June 11, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Delayed by state lawmakers, Michigan did not expand Medicaid until the day after the federal online insurance exchange closed March 31 – a move advocates feared would undermine signups. Turns…

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Patrick airs $20m plan to combat opioid use:

Boston Globe, June 10, 2014
by Brian MacQuarrie

Governor Deval Patrick unveiled plans Tuesday to upgrade treatment for opioid addicts, expand insurance coverage, and coordinate with the other five New England governors to stem an epidemic that has…

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More Than 1.7 Million Consumers Still Wait For Medicaid Decisions

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

While an unprecedented 6 million people have gained Medicaid coverage since September, mostly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, more than 1.7 million more are still waiting for…

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Under Health Law, States Serve As Testing Grounds For Innovation

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2014

Media outlets report on a range of issues related to the measure's implementation, including how some states are finding opportunities in the overhaul to pursue their own health system changes. Also in the news, the…

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Judge Voids Expansion of Discount Drug Program

New York Times, June 8, 2014
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has struck down a new rule requiring drug companies to offer certain drugs at discounted prices, saying the Obama administration had no authority to issue…

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Why the New Obamacare Website Is Going to Work This Time

Wired, June 5, 2014
by Stephen Levy

The drama of the HealthCare.gov Ad Hoc team is now a modern tech fable: a small cadre of young geeks from Silicon Valley and President Obama’s election campaign parachute into…

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