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

An Impartial Jury of Your (Vaccinated) Peers: Constitutionality of Vaccine Mandates for Juries

Annabel WeinbachOct 19, 2021
For the foreseeable future, in the absence of a universal vaccine mandate, a large minority of U.S. citizens will likely remain unvaccinated. As courts across the country impose vaccine requirements for juries — requiring jurors to show proof of vaccination and dismissing them if they do not — we are […]

Vaccine Mandates for Healthcare Workers: Exacerbating the Healthcare Worker Shortage?

Abigail WaltersOct 19, 2021
The United States healthcare sector has experienced nurse and worker shortages on and off since the 1960s, and the current COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened this phenomenon. As of April 2021, over 3,000 US healthcare workers have died due to COVID-19 since the pandemic started, and many more have left the field because of the lack of equipment, […]

Remote Learning Has Taken a Significant Toll on Students with Disabilities. But It’s Not All Bleak…Depending on Who You Are

Devyn MaloufOct 19, 2021
The shift to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 exacerbated disparities already existing in the United States education system. Low-income students and students of color have disproportionately incurred learning losses and emotional difficulties compared to high-income and white students, which is also representative of the experiences of students […]

Has Covid Disheartened our Healthcare Heroes to the Point of No Return?

Patrick LeeOct 19, 2021
A recent, and well deserved, trend in media outlets is congratulating and thanking health care workers for being heroes in the unprecedented crisis of Covid-19. While the Delta variant and battles over vaccine mandates still rage, there are many taking a cautious sigh of relief that the end is in sight for […]

A Health Paradox and a Path to Escape Absurdity

Alexander NaumOct 19, 2021
The United States began widespread COVID-19 vaccine distribution on December 14th, 2020; however, after ten months the CDC reports that only 56% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. When compared to other high socioeconomic (SES) nations, the U.S.’s vaccination rate ranks among the lowest. While the people of low SES nations are pleading to […]

Returning to Work: Do I have to get vaccinated?

Mariana TeranApr 26, 2021
As employees start to head back to the office there is one question on their mind – do I have to get vaccinated to go back to the office?  While many employees voluntarily chose to get the Covid-19 vaccine, others are concerned about losing their job if they choose not to […]

Overhauling The U.S.’s Crumbling Infrastructure: Access to Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right

Alexander NaumApr 26, 2021
Seven years ago, the U.S. media began reporting on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. While the City of Flint has finally replaced its pipes and the 95,000 residents of Flint have become eligible to receive a portion of a $650 million dollar settlement, many residents of Flint still do not […]

Where Do the Vaccines Go From Here? Issues With Vaccine Quality and Supply During COVID.

Shelby TaylorApr 26, 2021
As the US begins to turn a new page since the Pandemic first devastated our country in 2020, many Americans plan to be vaccinated in efforts to return to life as they once imagined. The Biden Administration has placed tremendous support and funding behind vaccines produced by Pfizer, Moderna, and […]

Numbers Can Lie: Gaming the Medicare Rating System in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities

Christiane CardozaMar 31, 2021
As of March 2021, over 174,000 people living and working in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the United States have died as a result of COVID-19; these deaths account for approximately forty percent of the COVID-19 deaths that have occurred in the United States. Many government officials, on […]

Weakening Roe v. Wade: Conservative States Have a Plan

In 1965, illegal abortions performed in unsafe settings made up one-sixth of all pregnancy-related deaths. In 1973, the Supreme Court addressed this issue in the landmark decision from Roe v. Wade by holding that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right. States that do not agree with […]