Health Law & Policy

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 […]

Mental Health Courts in Massachusetts: Would Stringent Probationary Terms Increase Program Compliance?

By: Marcus Alan McGhee, M.P.A., 2014 Summer Intern, Health Law and Policy Clinic Prison or Treatment? This is a question not posed to most citizens, but one becoming more prevalent to offenders as courts attempt to reduce the size of their dockets. Courts are now offering offenders the opportunity to participate in diversionary programs, which […]

Boston Business Journal: Harvard Law School study seeks to prove health insurance should fund food as medicine

Boston Business Journal June 26, 2014 Harvard Law School study seeks to prove health insurance should fund food as medicine Imagine that you are a diabetic. Except you can’t speak English, don’t read, and don’t have any food in the cupboard. It’s a scenario likely to end in an emergency room visit, and is a […]

National Journal: Is Obamacare Living Up to Its Preexisting-Conditions Promise?

National Journal June 23, 2014 Is Obamacare Living Up to Its Preexisting-Conditions Promise? Insurance companies may have found a way to skirt one of Obamacare’s most popular promises: equal access to insurance coverage for patients with preexisting conditions…”Insurance companies have a long history of undertaking practices designed to restrict [high-risk pools]—through preexisting-protection preclusions, and higher […]

Bridging the Gap between Cultural Communities and Health Providers

Bridging the Gap between Cultural Communities and Health Providers: Peers for Progress Consolidates Research Findings, Discussions, and Directions On June 17 and 18, doctors, health researchers, and other medical leaders convened at the Omni Hotel in downtown San Francisco with a common goal: presenting and promoting the evidence for the medical, social, and financial contributions […]