Health Law & Policy

CHLPI Submits Comments on MassHealth 1115 Waiver Proposal

On July 15, 2016, CHLPI submitted two comment letters to Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) regarding its proposal to amend the state Medicaid program’s (MassHealth’s) Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver. Under the proposed waiver, MassHealth will transition away from siloed fee-for-service care by establishing provider-led Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These ACOs will […]

New Guidance from the Public Health Institute and CDC on Food System Assessments Directs Hospital Staff to CHLPI Food Bank Resource

On July 22, 2016, the Tackling Hunger Project, a partnership between the Public Health Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Making Food Systems Part of Your Community Health Needs Assessment: Practical Guidance from the TACKLING HUNGER Project. The Guide offers practical tools to hospitals on how to incorporate an assessment of […]

CHLPI’s Litigation Director Quoted in Article on HCV Medication Access

A July 2, 2016 article from Judith Graham looks at the recent wave of state Medicaid programs to increase access to Hepatitis C medications in the light of potential litigation from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, its partners, and other organizations. “Help with the high cost of hepatitis C drugs,” which ran […]

State lowers requirements for MassHealth patients to get hepatitis C drugs

Originally published in Boston Business Journal on July 1, 2016 by Jessica Bartlett. For half a million patients on MassHealth, access to hepatitis C-curing drugs has been limited. The state has required MassHealth patients, who were being cared for on a budgeted basis, to have severe liver damage in order to qualify to receive the […]

CHLPI’s Faculty Director and Litigation Director Quoted in Yakima Herald Story on HCV

“Hep C case against Washington state Medicaid harbinger of things to come in era of high price drugs,” published in June 27, 2016 by reporter Molly Rosbach, examines the lawsuit against Washington state’s Health Care Authority from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger, and Columbia Legal Services. Excerpts below: “The moral stigma […]

MassHealth to pay for hepatitis C drugs for all infected members

Originally published by the Boston Globe on June 30, 2016 by Felice Freyer  The state’s Medicaid program announced Thursday it is lifting restrictions that prevented many patients from getting powerful drugs that can cure hepatitis C, after negotiating new discounts from two manufacturers. The changes at MassHealth, as the program is known, take effect Aug. […]

CHLPI Attends American Diabetes Association 76th Scientific Sessions

On June 13, 2016, CHLPI Clinical Instructor Sarah Downer presented to over 100 attendees at the American Diabetes Association’s 76th Scientific Sessions on policy and advocacy tools to address diabetes in low-income populations. In a session titled Improving Diabetes Outcomes in Low-Income Populations: When Food Access is the problem, Sarah joined Massachusetts General Hospital expert […]

CHLPI Presents at Food is Medicine Forum

Clinical Instructor Sarah Downer recently presented CHLPI’s cutting edge food and healthcare advocacy work to over 400 attendees of the Food is Medicine Forum in Bangor, Maine. The Forum, sponsored by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, brought together experts in food policy and leaders of innovative, solution-driven nonprofits from across the country to explore ways to address […]

CHLPI to Host Capstone Discussion for PATHS

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School will host Envisioning the Future of Type 2 Diabetes Policy: A PATHS Capstone Discussion in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 20, 2016. The capstone discussion will bring together experts to shape and drive CHLPI’s next steps to advance a diabetes policy agenda. […]

CHLPI Faculty Director Quoted in Boston Globe Article on HCV

“After insurer changed policy, he’s winning hepatitis C fight,” is the latest in a series of stories created by Boston Globe reporter Felice Freyer on the tension between Massachusetts residents infected with Hepatitis C and insurance providers in the state with policies denying access to medically necessary medications. The article, published Tuesday, June 7, 2016, […]