Posts Tagged: health care reform

Massachusetts and the ACA: Cause and Effect

By: Eric J. Beyer The Supreme Court’s stunning 5-4 ruling upholding the 2010 Affordable Care Act means that the most comprehensive transformation of the US health care system since the creation of Medicaid and Medicare will remain largely intact. Since the ACA closely mirrored Massachusetts’ own groundbreaking health reform – and the Supreme Court decision… Read more »

What’s Empathy Got to Do with It: Medicaid Expansion and Empathic Space

By James Corbett, M.Div., J.D. I. Introduction             Empathy, the ability to understand the thoughts and emotions of another person, is crucial in modern healthcare at a time when patients have become reliant on the specialized skills of strangers. A landmark study recently confirmed what many intuitively suspected: clinical empathy can improve health outcomes.[1] However,… Read more »

Expanding Health Care Access to the Poor, ‘A Simple Case’? Roberts: Not so much

By: Matt Selig About thirty employees from three non-profit organizations that advocate for increasing access to health care held their collective breath in an unadorned conference room on the morning of June 28th.  Several typed nervously on their cell phones while others chuckled through anxious small talk and a few seemed to meditate or perhaps… Read more »

Affordable Care Act Continues to Create a Healthier America

By: Eva Marie Stahl, PhD, MPA, and Anna Dunbar-Hester, JD, MPP Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 32 million people will gain access to health insurance. In addition, the millions of Americans who already have health insurance will benefit from new consumer protections and an emphasis on preventive and patient-centered care. The ACA moves… Read more »

Health Law Case Brief: Revisiting Federal Authority: An Analysis of Supreme Court’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cases

By: James P. Dowden, Douglas H. Hallward-Driemeier, and Brendon O. Carrington             In a landmark ruling this summer, the Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), while at the same time stressing the limits of federal regulatory authority.  National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 132 S.Ct. 2566 (2012)…. Read more »

Health Care in Massachusetts 2012: The Way I See It

 By Governor Deval Patrick This month, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of Massachusetts health care reform.  Our reforms are an expression of values, a codifying of our belief that health is a public good and that everyone deserves access to affordable, high-quality care. Like President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, we took a hybrid approach, relyingmainly… Read more »

Boston University Law Class Files Affordable Care Act Amicus Briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court

By Valerie Moore and Frederick Thide Introduction On March 23, 2010, following nearly a year of congressional debate, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Afford­able Care Act (the “ACA” or “Act”) into law.1 The Act is the most sig­nificant piece of social welfare legislation since the Great So­ciety, redefining the boundaries between the federal… Read more »