Despite GOP Efforts To Corral Medicaid Spending, States Expand Benefits

Kaiser Health News, October 19, 2017
by Phil Galewitz

While congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have been seeking major cuts in federal funding of Medicaid, 26 states this year expanded or enhanced benefits and at least 17 plan to do so next… Read More

Axios Vitals post from October 4

Axios, October 4, 2017
by By Sam Baker, featuring work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the post: Medicaid and value-based drug deals: New research casts some doubt on the pharmaceutical industry's claim that Medicaid's "best-price" rule inhibits its ability to create contracts… Read More

In New Test for Obamacare, Iowa Seeks to Abandon Marketplace

New York Times, October 10, 2017
by Abby Goodnough

WASHINGTON — With efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act dead in Congress for now, a critical test for the law’s future is playing out in one small, conservative-leaning state. Iowa is anxiously… Read More

In Puerto Rico, Health Concerns Grow Amid Lack of Clean Water, Medical Care

The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2017
by Daniela Hernandez

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans are grappling with growing health concerns due to a lack of reliable access to medical care, supplies and clean water. Maggie Reuteman,… Read More

Why Price’s conservative imprint on HHS is likely to endure

Politico, October 3, 2017
by Paul Demko, David Pittman, and Brianna Ehley

Tom Price may be gone as Health and Human Services secretary, but his efforts to put a conservative stamp on the $1.1 trillion agency, from promoting faith groups to scrapping Obamacare implementation,… Read More

House Budget Plan Calls For Deep Cuts To Medicaid, Overhaul Of Medicare

Kaiser Health News, October 5, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations But Republicans are not actually planning to impose any of those cuts which are limited to nonbinding promises.… Read More

FDA’s Approval Of A Cheaper Drug For Hepatitis C Will Likely Expand Treatment

NPR, October 4, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

[...] The recent approval of a less expensive drug that generally cures hepatitis C in just eight weeks may make it easier for more insurers and correctional facilities to expand treatment. The… Read More

With Health Care At Pivotal Crossroads, HHS Pick Could Signal What Path Trump Wants To Take

Kaiser Health News, October 2, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Some of the names getting attention are Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services chief Seema Verma, Fla.… Read More

Massachusetts AG launches probe of addiction treatment fraud

STAT, September 29, 2017
by David Armstrong

he Massachusetts attorney general’s office is investigating a far-reaching insurance scheme that recruited drug users and sent them to treatment centers in other states to exploit their benefit payments,… Read More

Now What? 5 Looming Challenges For The Affordable Care Act

NPR, September 26, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Republicans officially pulled the plug on their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday. "We don't have the votes," said Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., after a closed-door… Read More

Lawmakers ‘On The Verge’ Of Striking Bipartisan Deal To Stabilize Marketplaces, Schumer Vows

Kaiser Health News, September 29, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chairman and ranking member of the Health, Education,… Read More

McConnell Says Republicans Are Giving Up on Health Bill

New York Times, September 26, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell on Tuesday officially pulled the plug on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, telling senators they will not vote on the measure and effectively… Read More

After Collins Officially Declares Opposition, Passing Health Bill Becomes ‘Nearly Impossible’

Kaiser Health News, September 26, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joins Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in opposition of Republicans'… Read More

With Clock Ticking, Senators Tweak Health Plan To Shift Money To Reluctant Senators’ States

Kaiser Health News, September 25, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The changes would send money to Alaska and Maine, homes of Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.… Read More

For GOP, Political Incentive Is ‘As Much Of A Reason As The Substance’ To Pass Repeal Bill

Kaiser Health News, September 21, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The driving force behind this last-ditch attempt for many lawmakers it the simple fact that they promised their… Read More

Majority Of States Would Lose ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Amounts Of Funding Under Graham-Cassidy Bill

Kaiser Health News, September 21, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations A new study by Avalere Health finds that red states would disproportionately benefit, while 34 states would be hit… Read More

Insurance Industry Comes Out Against Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare Bill

Forbes, September 20, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

The nation’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and the powerful insurance lobby America's Health Insurance Plans on Wednesday joined mounting opposition from health-care providers, patient advocates… Read More

GOP Says It’s Close On Graham-Cassidy Bill, But Those Last Votes Have Always Been A Struggle

Kaiser Health News, September 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The measure from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is the party's last-ditch effort… Read More

Democrats Worry Compromising For Short-Term Wins Will Lead To Long-Term Evisceration Of Law

Kaiser Health News, September 11, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Democratic lawmakers want the insurer subsidies to be paid. But to get that, they have to give up on something… Read More

Administering Health Innovation

Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming 2018
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

Abstract Scholars and policymakers have recently begun to focus on the role federal agencies charged with health-related missions can play in the development of innovative health technologies and promotion… Read More

Academic Fellow Alum Matthew J. B. Lawrence Joins Faculty at Dickinson Law (Penn State)

Dickinson Law, Penn State University, August 1, 2017

Matthew J.B. Lawrence has joined the faculty of Penn State’s Dickinson Law as assistant professor of law. An expert in the fields of health law and administrative law, Lawrence will teach Health… Read More

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: In the Fall of 2016, I taught Health Law and Policy for the fourth consecutive semester. In this repeat loop, one thing has become increasingly clear: the aspect of this survey course… Read More

Analyst in Health Policy
Library of Congress

Deadline: June 08, 2017

General Description The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks two Analysts in Health Policy to join its Domestic Social Policy Division (DSP). Applicants should have experience conducting analysis… Read More

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: Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis who attended the recent Johns Hopkins meeting, said she believes “the case is strong” in… Read More

Harnessing the U.S. Taxpayer to Fight Cancer and Make Profits

New York Times, December 19, 2016
by Matt Richtel and Andrew Pollack, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the article: Rachel Sachs, an associate law professor at Washington University in St. Louis and expert in innovation policy, said the government had every right to seek price concessions. She noted… Read More

Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations

Boston Globe, December 6, 2016
by Jonathan Salzman and Jenn Abelson

From the article: A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that has roiled Massachusetts General… Read More

Proposition 61 Gives California Mandate To Lower Drug Prices, Not Tools

KPBS Midday Edition, October 31, 2016
by Ben Bradford, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Proposition 61 would require Medi-Cal to get VA prices for about 3 million of its patients (it excludes other Medi-Cal patients, who are on managed care plans). Rachel Sachs, a law professor… Read More

Student Fellow Alumna Lauren Taylor on the American Health Care Paradox

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, October 27, 2016

Lauren A. Taylor, MPH, MDiv will discuss her book,  The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. Commentator: John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Professor… Read More

Contrived Threats v. Uncontrived Warnings

83 University of Chicago Law Review 503, 2016
by Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director)

Abstract: Contractual duress, unconstitutional conditions, and blackmail have long been puzzling. The puzzle is why these doctrines sometimes condemn threatening lawful action to induce agreements… Read More

Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract:  A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law is the need to incentivize appropriately the development of new pharmaceuticals. Although physicians have… Read More

Innovations in Health Law and Policy: Regulatory Challenges and Strategies for Change Conference

UNH School of Law, October 26, 2015
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Innovations in Health Law and Policy: Regulatory Challenges and Strategies for Change When: Monday, October 26, 2015 Where: UNH School of Law 2 White Street Concord, New Hampshire Presented by the Health… Read More

How Prescription Drugs Get So Wildly Expensive

WIRED, September 23, 2015
by Nick Stockton, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article: [...] With all that in mind, here’s the important question: Is Shkreli an industry outlier, or was he just unlucky enough to be found out? “There’s one aspect… Read More

Practice Associate
Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Deadline: December 01, 2014

Overview The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is a 501c3 that is engaged in a three year Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project. Through the ACO, the Coalition is working… Read More

Was the Medicaid Expansion Coercive?

Routledge, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

In The Affordable Care Act Decision: Philosophical and Legal Implications, Fritz Allhoff and Mark Hall, eds. In this book chapter on the ACA decision, NFIB v. Sebelius, I focus on the Court's… Read More