Health Law & Policy

Specialty Care Policy Analysis and Development in Action: An Update

On March 1, CHLPI staff and students traveled to Louisville, KY to facilitate the Tackling Lung Cancer in Kentucky Policy Workshop, a discussion among experts and advocates on what could be done at the state level to improve lung cancer prevention and treatment. Participants in the workshop from across the Bluegrass State developed concrete action […]

Helping Consumers in a Changing Health Policy Landscape: A Report from Health Action 2017

Last month, CHLPI attended Families USA’s annual health advocacy conference, Health Action 2017, in Washington D.C.  Given the tumultuous path of health policy in today’s world, the conference’s goal was to prepare health care advocates as they seek to defend and bolster progress that has been made since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  […]

Medicaid Funding for Community Health Workers: Lessons Learned from Families USA’s Health Action 2017 Conference

Last month, CHLPI attended Families USA’s annual health advocacy conference, Health Action 2017, in Washington D.C. Given the tumultuous path of health policy in today’s world, the conference’s goal was to prepare health care advocates as they seek to defend and bolster progress that has been made since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. […]

An Accidental Case Study: Emily’s Bone Marrow Donation

This blog post was written by Nate Szyman, a Student in 2016 Fall Semester of Harvard Law School’s Public Health Law and Policy Seminar Recently I spent the day at the hospital with my wife, Emily, as she donated bone marrow to an anonymous recipient. It was an amazing experience—considering the life-altering impact of Emily’s courage […]

Food Insecurity on Campus

This blog post was written by Susanna Barron, a Student in 2016 Fall Semester of Harvard Law School’s Public Health Law and Policy Seminar. As I was reading the assigned articles about SNAP benefits, particularly those focused on the political rhetoric that has typically surrounded discussion of these and other government benefits, linking use of these […]

Exhibit A for Republican Obamacare repeal challenge: people with HIV

Written by By Julie Steenhuysen and originally published by Reuters on January 5, 2017.   Scientists have shown conclusively that treatment not only improves the health of people infected with HIV, it also stops transmission of the virus that causes AIDS. That public health issue is just one of the challenges Republicans face as they attempt […]

The 2016 Presidential Election & Health Law and Policy: What Happens Now?

As we look to the start of a new year, we cannot help but feel proud for what we have been able to accomplish with our many partners in this work. Together we have made important strides towards improving access to high-quality and affordable health care for underserved populations, particularly people living with HIV, HCV, and […]

Medicaid Expansion Might be in Danger, But It’s Still Worth Fighting For

This blog post was written by Denise Nakiyaga Babirye, a Student in 2016 Fall Semester of Harvard Law School’s Public Health Law and Policy Seminar.  I originally wrote this in October, prior to the election. While President-elect Trump seems committed to the deconstruction of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, I still believe in the […]

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 […]