Health Law & Policy Brief

The Health Law & Policy Brief is an online publication run by law students at American University Washington College of Law. Founded in 2007, the Health Law & Policy Brief publishes articles on a wide array of cutting-edge topics in health law. Such topics include health care compliance, fraud and abuse enforcement, health insurance payment and reimbursement issues, intellectual property issues, international human rights issues, FDA initiatives and policies, and a host of other matters. Beginning with a staff of just five, the Health Law & Policy Brief now boasts over twenty members and nearly 1,500 readers.

Latest from the Blog

It Depends on Dobbs: The Uncertain Future of Abortion in the United States

Margaret RiceApril 10, 2022
The right to choose to have an abortion has been recognized as a constitutional right in the United States for nearly fifty years since Roe v. Wade. However, states have the right to impose restrictions on abortions until the vague point of “viability,” as long as the restriction does not present […]

Taking Aim at the Threat of Bioweapons

Patrick LeeApril 10, 2022
It is an unfortunate enough reality that the world is concerned about the threat of naturally occurring biological hazards, but now there is a real fear that terrible biological weapons may make a reappearance. While many may consider the Covid-19 pandemic to be a “once in a lifetime” tragedy, there is reasonable […]

Racial Disparities in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Katherine GallagherMarch 28, 2022
Over the past twenty-five years, the United States has experienced an increasingly devastating opioid crisis.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies offered reassurance to the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers, leading healthcare providers to begin prescribing […]

The VAWA, Medical Forensic Examinations, and Assumptions about Victims of Sexual Violence 

Samantha BurtonMarch 28, 2022
In 2000, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) came together with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to perform a study to better understand the breadth of abuse, stalking, and other violent behaviors on women in the US. Previously, other studies showed that arrests of abusers upon report tended to […]

How the Unvaccinated Raise Insurance Premiums for the Rest of Us

Annabel WeinbachMarch 28, 2022
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), private health insurers cannot deny a person coverage or charge them a higher premium because of a pre-existing condition or because of their health status.  Is being unvaccinated for Covid-19 a pre-existing condition? If it isn’t, the unvaccinated could be denied healthcare coverage, but […]

The Disheartening Reality of Maternal Healthcare in the United States 

Kimia KhatibiMarch 28, 2022
Around the world, the United States is admired and followed as the globe’s leading superpower. However, the continuously high rates of maternal mortality in the United States greatly distinguishes it from its international counterparts. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines maternal mortality as “the death of a woman during […]

“Neurolaw”: The Role of Neuroscience in Sentencing

Kristina WoodwardNovember 26, 2021
On March 20, 1981, John W. Hinckley, Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan and three others, and the following year, the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity largely because of the presentation of scientific evidence during trial. During trial, Hinckley’s defense team introduced a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan […]

Inhumane Living Conditions: How the D.C. Jail Imposes Cruel and Unusual Punishments

Hannah ZuckermanNovember 26, 2021
The intersection between health care and prison reform has arguably never been more publicly visible than through the inhumane living conditions endured by the detainees at the D.C. county jail. This jail has consistently come under scrutiny regarding its conditions including, but not limited to, extreme confinement lasting more than 400 […]

Pulling Teeth: Why Dentists Wrongly Oppose Adding Dental Coverage to Medicare

James CampbellNovember 26, 2021
The American Dental Association (ADA) is a dentist membership organization with a mission to “help dentists succeed and to advance the oral health of all individuals.” If advancing oral health for everyone is a crucial part of their mission, why does the ADA oppose expanding Medicare Part B to include a dental care benefit? […]

Vaccine Liability in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andrew RosenblumNovember 26, 2021
The emergence of a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, has set off a cascading series of public health reactions unpresented in modern times. International travel shuttered to a halt as public health professionals sought the control the spread of COVD-19 through the traditional paradigm of identifying, isolating, and controllingcases. On the international […]