Health Law & Policy

Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Signs Resolution to Support Breastfeeding

Last week, new mothers and babies in Mississippi won an important victory. On August 7th, the Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves signed into law a resolution introduced by Senator Kenneth Wayne Jones to support breastfeeding mothers in the state. Breastfeeding is an important tool in Mississippi’s fight for public health.  Scientific research has linked breastfeeding to […]

CHLPI Clinic Students Awarded Public Service Fellowships

Congratulations to the following former Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation clinic students who received 2014 Public Service Venture Fund fellowships to pursue diverse opportunities for 2014-2015. Stephanie Berger (J.D. ’14) has been awarded a fellowship to work with the Community Law Office of Jefferson County in Alabama, where she will represent indigent criminal […]

Recent Webinar: New Legal Challenges to the ACA: Understanding the Current Landscape

WEBINAR New Legal Challenges to the ACA: Understanding the Current Landscape Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET || 11:00am-12:30pm CT || 10:00am-11:30am MT || 9:00am-10:30am PT Register today! HIVHealthReform.org in partnership with the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School invite you to hear from panelists about the most […]

A Fighting Chance: Why States Should Eliminate Nonmedical Childhood Vaccine Exemptions

By: Madeline Morcelle, 2013* Summer Intern, Health Law & Policy Clinic In the heat of a smallpox epidemic at the turn of the century, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts empowered its cities to enforce compulsory vaccination when necessary for the public safety.  When the epidemic surged in Cambridge, the city issued an order requiring residents to be […]

The Newest Threat to the ACA: An Overview of the Halbig and King Decisions

On July 22, two different U.S Courts of Appeals issued conflicting opinions on whether an IRS rule, that holds that individuals purchasing private health insurance in both federal- and state-run exchanges are eligible for tax subsidies, is a valid interpretation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  At issue is language in the ACA that the […]

Journal Article: Speak Up! Watchdogging the ACA for People with HIV

Robert Greenwald’s article “Speak Up! Watchdogging the ACA for People with HIV” was published in Achieve (Volume 6, Number 4), a quarterly journal on HIV prevention, treatment, and politics. Greenwald states in the article: “Many states not expanding Medicaid are in the South, which has high numbers of people newly diagnosed with HIV. Without Medicaid expansion, the number of people […]

Recent Webinar: Fighting Type 2 Diabetes Through Policy Reform

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23rd 2:00 – 3:15pm (EST); 11:00-12:15pm (PST) Webinar: Fighting Type 2 Diabetes Through Policy Reform: New Jersey and North Carolina as Case Studies VIEW THE WEBINAR DOWNLOAD THE TRANSCRIPT and PRESENTATION SLIDES Comprehensive policy reform can help combat the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic through efforts directed at disease prevention and management. As part […]

CHLPI presents at Diabetes State Briefing in the Massachusetts State House

by Qing Qing Miao, 2014 Summer Intern, Health Law and Policy Clinic The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation’s work on PATHS – a project targeting diabetes-specific health advocacy – has caught the attention of Massachusetts’s legislators. Bringing a broad policy focus to the Together on Diabetes initiative funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, PATHS […]

Recent Webinar: Marketplace – Know Your Rights 101: How to Appeal a Denial of Coverage or Eligibility of People with Chronic Conditions

  TUESDAY, JULY 15TH FROM 2:00-3:00PM (Eastern); 11:00-12:00pm (Pacific) REGISTER FOR THE EVENT The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created some strong new protections against discrimination. In this Web Forum, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School (CHLPI) will cover patients’ protections under the ACA and their right to appeal when […]

Can a For-Profit Corporation Exercise Religion?

By: Katerina Souliopoulos, 2014 Summer Intern, Health Law & Policy Clinic This week, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held for-profit corporations, those corporations in which five or fewer individuals control the corporation, could exercise religion and bring successful claims under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA). Consequently, the Supreme Court held that closely […]