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Public Health in Massachusetts

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School has a special focus on infectious disease and access to health care services that promote public health in Massachusetts.

CHLPI publishes a variety of factsheets and other resources to help health care providers, community-based organizations, and the general public navigate coverage for infectious disease prevention, care, and treatment.

New Public Charge Regulation Blocked by Courts

As of October 11, 2019, federal courts have temporarily blocked the Administration’s new public charge regulation from going into effect. Individuals and families should continue to use the services for which they are eligible, including Medicaid and SNAP, without fear. We will update this website if information changes.

We also recommend visiting protectimmigrantfamilies.org for more information.


At a Glance Guides

These tools provide an overview of coverage for key services in Massachusetts in order to give health care providers quick access to basic coverage information and help inform discussions with patients.

FAQ: Prior Authorization for Hepatitis C Virus Treatment

This resource answers common questions about prior authorization requirements for hepatitis C virus treatment in the Massachusetts Medicaid program and dispels myths that create barriers to care.

Insurance Reimbursement for Preventive Health Care Services in Massachusetts

Many health insurance plans must cover the entire cost of certain preventive health care services and cannot impose a financial contribution (e.g., a co-payment or other “out-of-pocket” payment) on patients. These factsheets provide an overview of coverage for specific preventive services.

  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (forthcoming)

911 Good Samaritan Resources

These resources explain how the Massachusetts 911 Good Samaritan law can protect people from drug-related charges if they seek help for themselves or someone else who is overdosing. Available in poster and pocket card formats, and in English and Spanish.


CHLPI is also active in other public health and health care initiatives in Massachusetts, including:

  • EndHepCMA, a collaborative effort among stakeholders to achieve the elimination of hepatitis C in Massachusetts
  • Food is Medicine Massachusetts, a coalition organized to implement the recommendations of the Food is Medicine State Plan, improve cross-sector communication among Food is Medicine partners, and advocate for federal and state policies that support Food is Medicine interventions
  • MA Trans Health Coalition, a network of over 40 organizations committed to expanding access to comprehensive and non-discriminatory gender-affirming health care in the Bay State