IN THIS ISSUE: Health Law Reporter Spring 2012

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We are pleased to present to you the Spring 2012 Edition of the Health Law Section’s Health Law Reporter. Our Health Law Report­er provides BBA members with cutting-edge and unique perspectives on the fast-changing field of health law.

For the past several years, Massachusetts has played a leading role in national health reform, with our models for mandated indi­vidual insurance coverage, health insurance exchanges and other concepts winning ac­ceptance and adoption at the national level. This edition of the Health Law Reporter ad­dresses several of these important aspects of health reform.

We are pleased and honored to begin this is­sue with a contribution from Governor Deval Patrick. This is followed by discussion of the extension of health insurance to legal immi­grants in Massachusetts, and a discussion of some of the unique impacts of national health reform on Massachusetts. We also profile one of the key individuals involved in implement­ing health reform in our state, Aron Boros, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy.

The following articles can be found within this issue:

We also have a contribution discussing the pending lawsuits in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the federal Affordable Care Act. This is just a preview of what is to come, as we will address the outcome of those Su­preme Court lawsuits in our next edition of the Health Law Reporter, so stay tuned! One of the best ways to keep abreast of these is­sues is through the BBA Health Law Section. We invite the involvement of anyone who wishes to join our section, and welcome the addition of your time, talents and ideas. The Health Law Section has several committees to choose from (CLE, Communications, Mem­bership, Legislative Update, Social Action); or you can volunteer as a participant at one of our CLE programs or Brown Bag lunches. Your ideas for new programs, events or new approaches to making our Section better are welcome.

– Colin S. Zick & Leslie Joseph, Health Law Section Co-Chairs