Students enrolled in the Health Law and Policy Clinic will work on cutting-edge legislative, regulatory, and litigation projects at the state and national levels aimed at increasing access to quality, comprehensive health care for poor and low-income individuals and families. Student projects involve:
- informing current debates on the Affordable Care Act and efforts to repeal and replace the law;
- providing law and policy analysis to national and state coalitions advocating to protect Medicaid, Medicare, and discretionary health and public health programs;
- investigating best practices for initiatives to address health disparities and reduce barriers to health care for our most vulnerable populations; and
- litigating to address unfair and discriminatory public and private health insurance practices.
National-level work involves advising government actors and leading chronic illness and disability partnerships to promote health and public health reform initiatives. State-level work (currently in Massachusetts, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas) allows students the opportunity to travel to facilitate trainings and meetings and to support advocacy and litigation strategy development on a broad range of current health and public health concerns. (See the clinic website website at www.chlpi.org for a more in-depth description of current clinic projects.)
Over the course of a semester, students work closely with clinical faculty to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners. Students gain a wealth of hands-on experience in current and emerging health law and policy issues, and develop written products such as fact sheets, in-depth reports, comment letters, testimony, presentations, draft legislation, regulatory guidance and brief writing and research in ongoing litigation. Students have the opportunity to develop a range of problem-solving, policy analysis, research and writing, oral communication, advocacy and leadership skills. The Clinic’s on-campus office is in the WCC, where students will meet with their clinical supervisors and colleagues; students also have significant flexibility to work offsite.
How to Register
The clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.
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In the first couple of weeks, I immersed myself into the world of health policy reform by taking a few projects with a tight turnaround time. I assisted in drafting a Supreme Court amicus brief re. Zubik v. Burwell, a follow-up to the Hobby Lobby decision. I also traveled to New York to visit a cancer center and assisted in launching their nonprofit lung cancer screening initiative for upper Manhattan. The excitement of the first few weeks has set the pace for the weeks to follow.
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CHLPI’s goal is to resolve the kind of disparity in Washington’s medical system that is restricting vulnerable and at-risk populations’ access to a lifesaving drug that treats a chronic and debilitating disease. Along the way, they hope to put other Medicaid providers on notice: It’s time to comply with treatment guidelines and the law.
Faculty and Staff
(Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation)
(Senior Associate Director, Litigation Director,
& Lecturer on Law)
(Associate Director & Senior Clinical Instructor)
(Associate Director and Clinical Instrcutor)
Sarah Downer (Clinical Instructor)
Carmel Shachar (Clinical Instructor & Lecturer on Law)
Kathryn Garfield (Staff Attorney)
Phil Waters (Clinical Fellow)
Laura Johnston (Administrative Director)
Ebony Griffin (Faculty Assistant)
(Communications and Marketing Consultant)
Kat Eutsler (Senior Grant Writer and Administrator)
Health Law and Policy Clinic
Harvard Law School Office
Wasserstein Caspersen Clinical Building
Legal Services Center office
122 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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