Health Law & Policy

Report: State Medicaid Programs Illegally Restrict Access To Hep C Drugs

Originally published by Rhode Island Public Radio on November 15, 2016. Written by Kristin Gourlay. State Medicaid programs – including Rhode Island – fail to provide enough access to cures for hepatitis C. That’s the conclusion of a new report from Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and the National Viral […]

Harvard Law School & National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable Announce Preliminary Findings in Project to Grade Medicaid Access to Hepatitis C Treatment

The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) today announced the preliminary findings of Hepatitis C: The State of Medicaid Access – a comprehensive assessment of state Medicaid programs’ discriminatory restrictions on curative treatments for hepatitis C, the nation’s deadliest blood-borne disease. The […]

The Unfortunate Interdependence Among Politics, Poverty and Health Care

This blog post was written by Namita Dhawan, a Student in 2017 Fall Semester of Harvard Law School’s Public Health Law and Policy Seminar.  Ideological differences between Republicans and Democrats have proved obstructive to the well-being of millions of Americans, particularly when it has come to disparate stances on health care. While poverty is not unique […]

Discretionary Programs: Reinforcing Health Care as a Good Rather Than a Right

This blog post was written by Megan Ma, a Student in 2017 Fall Semester of Harvard Law School’s Public Health Law and Policy Seminar.  A noticeable similarity across three discretionary programs – The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, Title X, and Veterans Affairs is the sentiment that such programs, while helping to serve the health care needs […]

‘Food is Medicine’ Symposium Attracts Dozens

Originally published by The Harvard Crimson on Monday, October 24, 2016. Written by Margot D. Dionne, Contributing Writer. Images via twitter.   Dozens gathered at the Law School Friday to discuss the importance of nutrition and to consider how people can gain access to healthy food in the United States. The Center for Health Law and […]

7 Insurers Alleged To Use Skimpy Drug Coverage To Discourage HIV Patients

Originally published by Kaiser Health News on October 18, 2016. Written by Michelle Andrews   Although the center’s focus is on HIV drugs, the complaints may help people with other chronic illnesses. (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN)   The health law prohibits insurers from discriminating against people with serious illnesses, but some marketplace plans sidestep […]

CHLPI Highlights Food Is Medicine at the 2016 National Public Health Law Conference

On September 17, 2016, CHLPI’s Staff Attorney Katie Garfield presented on the Center’s innovative research and advocacy work on the role of food as medicine at the 2016 National Public Health Law Conference in Washington, D.C.  The Conference, organized by The Network for Public Health Law and American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics, brought together […]

ACLU and CHLPI File Suit Against Colorado Medicaid for HCV Restrictions

Originally published by North Denver News on September 19th, 2016. The ACLU of Colorado filed a federal class action lawsuit this morning on behalf of thousands of low-income Coloradans suffering from Hepatitis C who are being denied life-saving treatment due to Colorado Medicaid restrictions that force them to incur serious harm to their health before […]

Health Care Policy Research Assistants Needed (Paid Position)

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation is seeking several research assistants to work on a time-sensitive and critical analysis of health care policy implementation in private insurance markets and the health insurance exchanges.  These positions are paid and will last until the New Year, with an option to extend.  Work/study eligibility is not […]

Media Coverage of CHLPI’s OCR Complaints Filing to End Health Discrimination

On Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, CHLPI, along with state partners in seven states, has filed formal administrative Complaints with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is charged with enforcing the ACA’s new anti-discrimination regulations in state ACA health insurance Marketplaces. The insurers flagged by CHLPI and its state […]