Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

NPR, August 16, 2017
by Merrit Kennedy

A federal appeals court has sided with the state of Arkansas against Planned Parenthood, saying it can block Medicaid payments to the medical provider. It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the… 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

Aetna’s Outlook Improves Amid Obamacare Exit

Forbes, August 3, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

Aetna’s moves to expand its Medicare Advantage business and shed its money- losing individual offerings under the Affordable Care Act are boosting the company’s financial outlook. [...] 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

Senators To Hold Bipartisan Hearings To Try To Protect Insurer Subsidies Threatened By Trump

Kaiser Health News, August 2, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold sessions beginning the week of Sept.… Read More

White House not letting go of Obamacare repeal

Politico, July 31, 2017
by Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey

The White House is trying to rebuild momentum for Obamacare repeal after it stalled, yet again, in the GOP Senate last week. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) met Monday with top aides to President Donald Trump… Read More

How to Repair the Health Law (It’s Tricky but Not Impossible)

New York Times, July 29, 2017
by Reed Abelson, Abby Goodnough, and Katie Thomas

Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired? The seven-year-old law has survived Supreme Court decisions and aggressive attempts to extinguish it by Republicans… Read More

Health Care Efforts Edge Toward Chaos As Senators ‘Don’t Even Know’ What The[y’re] Voting On

Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations "I don’t know whether we’re proceeding to the House bill, a new version of the Senate bill, the… Read More

Administration Working On New Medicaid Plan To Win Support Of Senate Moderates

Kaiser Health News, July 20, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Officials are working up a plan that would offer states even more flexibility for running the program and as… Read More

At a growing number of schools, sick kids can take a virtual trip to the doctor

STAT, July 19, 2017
by Leah Samuel

School nurses offer far more than just Band-Aids these days. As the prevalence of childhood conditions like asthma and diabetes have risen, nurses treat a wide range of problems. Still, only an estimated… Read More

Trump Demands That Senators Find a Way to Replace Obamacare

New York Times, July 19, 2017
by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Thomas Kaplan, and Maggie Haberman

WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered senators back to the negotiating table on Wednesday for a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, just one day after angrily accepting… Read More

McConnell May Be Leading Conservatives Out On A Limb With Repeal-Only Vote

Kaiser Health News, July 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has admitted his health care legislation has failed, but he is… Read More

Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect

New York Times, July 17, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Two more Republican senators declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing, for now, a seven-year-old promise… Read More

Transgender Health Care Targeted In Crusade To Undo ACA

Kaiser Health News, July 13, 2017
by Shefali Luthra

[...] Before the ACA, Medicaid operated under its own anti-discrimination requirements. However, many state programs were vague in describing gender-transition benefits. This made it difficult for… Read More

GOP To Unveil New Version Of Health Bill On Thursday

Kaiser Health News, July 12, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations And the score from the Congressional Budget Office would follow early next week. Read More

There’s No Real Buy-In From Republicans On Bill Making It Tough To Get To 50 Votes

Kaiser Health News, July 12, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The response has been tepid at best on the legislation, and lawmakers are struggling to get something they've… Read More

Drugmakers’ Money-Back Guarantees

ProPublica, July 10, 2017
by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Katie Thomas, New York Times

More than a decade ago, Italy tried a novel approach to help bring down drug costs: asking pharmaceutical companies to return money to the national health system if some of their medicines failed to work… Read More

As Seniors Get Sicker, They’re More Likely To Drop Medicare Advantage Plans

National Public Radio, July 5, 2017
by Fred Shulte

When Sol Shipotow enrolled in a new Medicare Advantage health plan earlier this year, he expected to keep the doctor who treats his serious eye condition. "That turned out not to be so," said Shipotow,… 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

Innovative Contracting for Pharmaceuticals and Medicaid’s Best-Price Rule

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Forthcoming
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius N. Lakdawalla

From the abstract: In recent years, drug manufacturers and private payers have expressed interest in novel pricing models that more closely link a drug’s price to its value. Indication-based pricing,… 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