Health Law Workshop: Rachel Sachs

Monday, April 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
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:
A Conference

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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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Gender (Re)assignment:
Legal, Ethical, and Conceptual Issues

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Pound Hall, 102
Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Trans and intersex individuals face a series of legal, medical, and social challenges.  This panel explores these overlapping issues, including:…

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TODAY: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

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

Couldn't make it in person? Join the discussion on Twitter! #2015HealthLawPReview Please join us for the Third Annual Health Law…

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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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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 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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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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Group Sues Aetna, Claiming Discrimination Against H.I.V. Patients

New York Times, December 22, 2014
by Katie Thomas

A consumer group has sued the health insurer Aetna, claiming that it discriminated against patients with H.I.V. when it required them to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy. The lawsuit, filed…

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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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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

NPR, December 17, 2014
by Lisa Aliferis

Years of efforts to reduce the racial disparities in health care have so far failed to eliminate them. But progress is being made in the western United States, due largely…

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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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Spending Bill Approved By Congress Includes Health Policy Provisions

Kaiser Health News, December 15, 2015

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

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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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Gov. Jerry Brown Considering Expanding Medi-Cal to Immigrants

Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2014
by Phil Willon

Gov. Jerry Brown is considering expanding state-funded Medi-Cal coverage to residents shielded from deportation under President Obama’s new immigration policies. Nancy McFadden, the governor’s top policy aide, said that possibility…

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No faith in health reform:

Crain's: New York Business, November 23, 2014
by Caroline Lewis, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Under the health-care-sharing ministry model, before coverage kicks in, a household pays a monthly fee that "is matched with another's eligible medical bills," according to Christian Care Ministry's website,…

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Law Professor Discusses Medical Tourism

Harvard Crimson, November 20, 2014
by Katherine H. Scott, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

When most people hear the word “tourism,” they immediately think of flocking to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean or exploring museums in a European city. For Harvard Law School…

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They Paid How Much? How Negotiated Deals Hide Health Care’s Cost

NPR, November 15, 2014
by Sammy Mack

Every hospital has its own master list of charges for different services. Those charges are different from hospital to hospital. But insurance companies don't pay those listed charges. The listed charges are almost…

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Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015

New York Times, November 14, 2014
by Robert Pear, Reed Abelson, and Agustin Armendariz

The Obama administration on Friday unveiled data showing that many Americans with health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as…

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The Selling of Obamacare 2.0

Politico, November 13, 2014
by Joanne Kenen

[...] The second year of Obamacare enrollment starts Saturday, and the administration is launching a much more precise strategy that uses targeted digital ads, aims at specific demographics and leverages…

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Health Law Workshop: Leemore Dafny

Monday, November 10, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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

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Doctors Cash In on Drug Tests for Seniors, and Medicare Pays the Bill

Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014
by Christopher Weaver and Anna Wilde Matthews

Doctors are testing seniors for drugs such as heroin, cocaine and “angel dust” at soaring rates, and Medicare is paying the bill. It is a roundabout result of the war…

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Shortage of Medicaid Doctors? Not if You Ask Patients

New York Times, November 10, 2014
by Austin Frakt

One longstanding concern about Medicaid is that too few doctors will accept it, because it tends to pay providers less generously than private plans do. This concern shows up in news articles about…

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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Kaiser Health News, November 6, 2014
by Martha Bebinger

[...] Websites that mine such data are springing up to fill the void, revealing price tags on everything from an office visit to a cesarean section. But thanks to a law enacted…

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Employers Can’t Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

NPR, November 5, 2014
by Jay Hancock

Closing what many see as a loophole that could trap millions of people in sub-standard insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that large-employer medical plans lacking hospital coverage will not…

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Home Health Workers Struggle For Better Pay And Health Insurance

Kaiser Health News, November 3, 2014
by Sarah Jane Tribble

[...] Home care workers are mostly women. More than half are women of color, and 1 in 5 are single mothers. A recent analysis by the Brookings Institution found that while the…

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Who Would Have Health Insurance if Medicaid Expansion Weren’t Optional

New York Times, November 3, 2014
by Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz

In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act — its expansion of Medicaid to low-income people around the country — must be optional for…

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Defects Found Before Debut of Health Insurance Site for Small Businesses

New York Times, November 1, 2014
by Robert Pear

The Obama administration has discovered a number of defects in the online marketplace that will offer health insurance to millions of small-business employees, but federal officials said the problems could probably be…

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Obamacare May Mean High Drug Costs For Floridians With HIV

Miami Herald, October 31, 2014
by Nicholas Nehamas

[...] Last spring, two nonprofit groups filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging that some Florida insurers were discriminating against people with HIV by charging “inordinately high” rates for HIV…

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Is the Affordable Care Act Working?

New York Times, October 27, 2014

At its most basic level, the Affordable Care Act was intended to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance. Measured against that goal, it has made considerable progress. A…

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Quality of U.S. Hospices Varies, Patients Left in Dark

Washington Post, October 26, 2014
by Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating

More than a million times a year, a terminally ill patient in the United States is enrolled in hospice care. Each time, the family confronts a decision that, while critical,…

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Family Doctors Push For A Bigger Piece Of The Health Care Pie

Kaiser Health News, October 24, 2014
by Lisa Gillespie

Family medicine doctors are joining forces to win a bigger role in health care – and be paid for it. Eight family-physician-related groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians,…

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Medical Costs Up to 20% Higher at Hospital-Owned Physician Groups, Study Finds

Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2014
by Chad Terhune

Raising fresh questions about healthcare consolidation, a new study shows hospital ownership of physician groups in California led to 10% to 20% higher costs overall for patient care. The UC…

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How Medicare ‘Self-Referral’ Thrives on Loophole

Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2014
by John Carreyrou and Janet Adamy

Self-referral has become common practice among many U.S. physician groups, which refer anything from lab services to MRIs to entities from which they benefit financially. That wasn’t the intention of…

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits on Medical Treatments

NPR, October 21, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

To clamp down on health care costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are putting limits on how much they'll pay for certain medical services such as knee replacements,…

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Prisons Balk at Sovaldi’s $84,000 Cost for Hepatitis C Treatment

San Francisco Chronicle, October 20, 2014
by Stephanie M. Lee and Joe Garofoli

In San Francisco’s jails, no inmates with hepatitis C are receiving Sovaldi, the breakthrough pill that can cure most patients in an unprecedented amount of time. In California’s prisons, the…

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Obamacare and the Midterms

The Economist, October 18, 2014

"My insurance was cancelled because of Obamacare. Now the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable,” said Julie Boonstra, a cancer patient, in an ad attacking Gary Peters, a Democrat…

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The Biggest Backlog in the Federal Government

Washington Post, October 18, 2014
by David A. Fahrenthold

In an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that is 990,399 cases behind. That is Washington’s backlog of backlogs — a queue of waiting Americans larger…

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What About Ebola’s Impact on Insurers?

CBS, October 14, 2014
by Bruce Kennedy

Along with all the concerns regarding the ongoing Ebola epidemic, here's one many people probably haven't considered: What about health care and life insurance costs if the disease were to…

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Will ‘Son of Sovaldi’ Cause State Medicaid Programs to Erect High Hurdles?

Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2014
by Ed Silverman

How might state Medicaid programs cope with a new and equally expensive hepatitis C treatment from Gilead Sciences? A new report released just as the FDA late last week approved Harvoni,…

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A Benefit For Rural Vets: Getting Health Care Close To Home

NPR, October 13, 2014
by Quil Lawrence

[...] To make it easier for vets to get care, the VA started a program called Access Received Closer to Home, or ARCH. A trial program began three years ago in…

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Got Insurance? You Still May Pay A Steep Price For Prescriptions

Kaiser Health News, October 13, 2014
by Julie Appleby

[...] Even with insurance, some patients are struggling to pay for prescription drugs for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or HIV/AIDS, as insurers and employers shift more of…

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U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans

New York Times, October 12, 2014
by Robert Pear

Federal officials say they have repeatedly criticized, and in many cases penalized, Medicare health plans for serious deficiencies, including the improper rejection of claims for medical services and unjustified limits on coverage…

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Price Tags on Health Care?

Kaiser Health News, October 9, 2014
by Martha Bebinger

Without much fanfare, Massachusetts launched a new era of health care shopping last week. Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s…

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Why Americans are Drowning in Medical Debt

The Atlantic, October 8, 2014
by Olga Khazan

After his recent herniated-disk surgery, Peter Drier was ready for the $56,000 hospital charge, the $4,300 anesthesiologist bill, and the $133,000 fee for orthopedist. All were either in-network under his insurance or…

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Federal Officials Unveil Streamlined Marketplace Website

Kaiser Health News, October 8, 2014
by Julie Appleby

Consumers using the federal website when open enrollment begins next month should expect a faster website with a shorter application form and features making it easier to use on…

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