Prerequisites: Enrollment in the seminar is limited to 20 students, and is open to LLM students by permission.
Exam Type: No exam.
This seminar provides an overview of the historical law and policy decisions that have shaped the U.S. health care system and are informing current debates about health reform. Incorporating varying perspectives, the seminar discusses federal and state policy options to address current public health and access to care challenges.
This seminar begins with an analysis of health systems in other countries. Next, we discuss the key policy decisions made over the past century that have shaped the current patchwork of public and private insurance coverage options in this country. After providing this international and historical context, we analyze in detail the key elements of the current U.S. health and public health care systems through the lens of its impact on vulnerable populations. We look at the components of the federal approach to reform, including the national health care reform law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We also consider several state initiatives that highlight how states are acting as laboratories of innovation to implement sweeping health reforms. Finally, we discuss the current health law and policy climate in this country and explore both the opportunities and challenges for health policy solutions focused on increasing access to care and addressing public health concerns. This seminar is open to students interested in health and public health law and policy; no background or prerequisites are required. The reading materials include various book chapters, cases, news reports, and scholarly articles that present diverse viewpoints on the topics presented. The course is intended to spark debate between different sides of these often controversial issues, and students participate in different in-class role plays and debates.
Some seats are reserved for students in the spring Health Law and Policy clinic. Students who enroll in the spring Health Law and Policy clinic will be enrolled in this course by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. If a student drops the spring Health Law and Policy clinic, they will also lose their reserved seat in this course. Please note that there is an early drop deadline of January 12, 2018 for students in this course enrolled in reserved clinical seats.