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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Health Law Workshop: Leemore Dafny

Monday, November 10, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 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 Ody)…

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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

NPR, September 17, 2014
by Julie Rovner

Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control…

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A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick

ProPublica, September 17, 2014
by Charles Ornstein

Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say…

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Health Law’s Election Impact is Dimming

Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2014
by Beth Reinhard and Laura Meckler

Though Republicans continue to hammer away at the Affordable Care Act, the health-insurance law is losing some of its punch in the 2014 campaign. Polls show that voters don't see…

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No Time To See The Doctor? Try A Virtual Visit

Kaiser Health News, September 16, 2014
by Anna Gorman

Patients looking for convenient medical appointments can now see UCLA Health System doctors using their cell phones, computers or tablets. It’s part of an ongoing effort at UCLA and elsewhere…

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Fate of Children’s Insurance Program Is Called Into Question at Senate Hearing

New York Times, September 16, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

A Senate hearing on Tuesday set the stage for a coming debate over whether the federal government should continue financing a popular health insurance program for lower-income children who are…

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Health Law Workshop: Anup Malani

Monday, September 15, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Paper: "The Insurance Value of Medical Innovation" Anup Malani is the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University…

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Subsidy Formula Makes Some Policies Costlier for the Young

Philadelphia Inquirer , September 14, 2014
by Robert Calandra

Young adults are paying as much or more in premiums for the cheapest bronze plans purchased on the Affordable Care Act marketplace as people ages 54 to 64, according to…

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Flaw In Federal Software Lets Employers Offer Plans Without Hospital Benefits, Consultants Say

Kaiser Health News, September 12, 2014
by Jay Hancock

A flaw in the federal calculator for certifying that insurance meets the health law’s toughest standard is leading dozens of large employers to offer plans that lack basic benefits such…

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Measuring the Impact of States’ Obamacare Decisions

Washington Post, September 11, 2014
by Jason Millman

The early story of the Affordable Care Act can be challenging to generalize sometimes because so much of it depends on decisions made at the state level — both before…

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Obamacare Has Reduced the Uninsured Rate for Virtually Everyone - Except Kids

Washington Post, September 9, 2014
by Jason Millman

By now, the evidence seems pretty clear that Obamacare has reduced the ranks of the uninsured across virtually every demographic since the start of the law's coverage expansion in January. Except for…

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Rural Enrollment Presents Continuing Health Law Challenges

Kaiser Health News, September 8, 2014
by Shefali Luthra

[...] Americans living in rural areas will be a key target as states and nonprofit groups strategize how to enroll more people in health law insurance plans this fall. Though…

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Health Law Gets Reprieve As Appeals Court Agrees To Rehear Key Case

NPR, September 4, 2014
by Julie Rovner

The controversial federal court decision that threatened the future of the Affordable Care Act is no more. The full District of Columbia Court of Appeals Thursday agreed to rehear Halbig v.…

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Will Textualism Kill Obamacare?

The New Yorker, September 3, 2014
by Jeffrey Toobin

The Affordable Care Act is heading for another near-death experience in the Supreme Court. In July, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued…

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CVS Stores Stop Selling All Tobacco Products

New York Times, September 3, 2014
by Rachel Abrams

[...] The rebranding even comes with a new name: CVS Health. The decision to stop selling cigarettes is a strategic move as pharmacies across the country jockey for a piece…

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Doctors Are Shifting Their Business Models

Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2014
by Lisa Zamosky

[...] Being a doctor in private practice today is more complicated than it used to be, with growing financial pressures, more government regulation, greater oversight by insurers, rapid developments in…

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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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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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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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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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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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Arkansas Weighs Plan To Make Some Medicaid Enrollees Fund Savings Accounts

Kaiser Health News, July 22, 2014
by Michele Andrews

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don't may have to…

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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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Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

NPR, July 21, 2014
by Nell GreenfieldBoyce

No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was…

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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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Race Is On to Profit From Rise of Urgent Care

New York Times, July 9, 2014
by Julie Cresswell

[...] But what is happening here is also playing out across the nation, as private equity investment firms, sensing opportunity, invest billions in urgent care and related businesses. Since 2008, these investors…

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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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Florida Shifts Medicaid Mental Health Strategy

Kaiser Health News, July 7, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Seeking to improve care and lower costs, Florida this month became the first state to offer a Medicaid health plan designed exclusively for people with serious mental illnesses, such as…

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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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