CHLPI Blog

FLPC Hosts Workshop on Food Policy in Navajo Nation

By: Kristin Beharry (JD ’16) and Rosana Aragon Plaza (LLM ’15) Fundamental Navajo law includes the concept of ho’zho’, loosely translated to “balance.” In a workshop hosted by the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) from February 9-11, Navajo Nation food advocates described how their current food system is out of balance, leading to environmental, […]

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation Presents to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS on Alarming Trends in the Health Insurance Marketplaces

by Michael Wysolmerski (JD ’16) On January 12, 2015, I attended the 55th Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in Washington, D.C. I attended the panel titled 2015 Healthcare Marketplace: A Review of Essential Health Benefits and Provider Networks. My supervisor at CHLPI, Carmel Shachar, presented on the panel, along with Doug Wirth, President and CEO […]

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Begins to Have a Positive Effect

by Kristie Gurley (JD ’15) It is widely acknowledged that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has a negative impact on public health—sodas and juices directly contribute to the obesity epidemic in America, and they can be especially harmful for children (those who drink at least one serving of SSBs per day have 55% increased odds […]

FDA Final Rules for Calorie Labeling in Retail Food Establishments and Vending Machines

by Alicia Lee (JD ’16) On Dec. 1, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published two final rules implementing the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) §4205. Both rules can now be found on the Federal Register: (1) for restaurants and retail food establishments (SRFEs) and (2) for […]

Food Recovery Leaders Send Sign-On Letter to U.S. Senators, Led by Food Law and Policy Clinic and Professor from University of Arkansas School of Law

As part of its on-going work to promote policies that reduce food waste, the Food Law and Policy Clinic partnered this fall with Professor Nicole Civita, Director of the Food Recovery Project at University of Arkansas School of Law, to analyze federal bill H.R. 4719, the “America Gives More Act.” This bill, among other provisions, […]

HHS Proposed Rule Improves Transparency and Coverage of Marketplace Plans

This blog post was originally published on the AIDS United Policy Action Center Policy Blog on December 4, 2014. HHS Proposed Rule Improves Transparency and Coverage of Marketplace Plans by Carmel Shachar On November 26, 2014 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 Proposed Rule (the Proposed […]

Celebrating Successes: Protecting access to affordable and quality coverage and care for people living with HIV

This blog post was originally published on the Community Catalyst Health Policy Hub on November 25, 2014. Celebrating Successes: Protecting access to affordable and quality coverage and care for people living with HIV by Carmel Shachar and Malinda Ellwood Dedicated advocacy has led to important successes in protecting health insurance coverage and health care access for people […]

Advocacy Strategies to Address Discrimination in Health Plans Part 2: New Discrimination and Barriers to Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

This blog post was originally published on the Community Catalyst Health Policy Hub on November 24, 2014. Advocacy Strategies to Address Discrimination in Health Plans Part 2: New Discrimination and Barriers to Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS by Carmel Shachar and Malinda Ellwood While the ACA expanded access to private health insurance plans for […]

Deans’ Food System Challenge Successfully Kicked-off!

by Amanda Phillips (JD ’15) Last week a group of Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and Food Law Seminar students crossed the river to join over 200 students and guests at the Harvard Business School for the launch of the Deans’ Food System Challenge. The Challenge, sponsored by Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk […]

On the Ground: Farm to School in Grundy County, Tennessee

by Kristen Gurley (JD ’15) and Amanda Phillips (JD ’15) Grundy County, Tennessee, has nearly 14,000 residents, 360 square miles of land, seven public schools . . . and only two grocery stores. On our recent trip to the county for the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, we asked how the former could possibly […]