Health Law & Policy Brief

Health Law & Policy Brief

The Health Law & Policy Brief is a bi-annual publication at American University Washington College of Law that focuses on emerging issues of health law.

Pleased to welcome our 2019-2020 Health Law & Policy Brief Executive Board!

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Please Join us at our Symposium- "Health Law 101: Hot Topics and Careers" on March 19th from 12-2pm in YT17. We look forward to seeing you there!

The FDA and Insulin: Biologic and Biosimilar Pricing

Interested in biosimilars? Read our latest blog "The FDA and Insulin: Biologic and Biosimilar Pricing" by Elizabeth Raterman here: #hlpb #FDA #diabetes

23&you – Warrantless Searches of Familial DNA

What can the government do with your DNA? Read our newest blog post "23&you – Warrantless Searches of Familial DNA" by Alycia Hogenmiller here: American University Washington College of Law Health Law and Policy Brief

Interested in a career in health law? Join the Health Law & Policy Students Association tomorrow at 6:30 pm in Y403 for the fall Health Law Career Panel.

Please enjoy the most recent issue of the Health Law & Policy Brief

Do you plan to pursue a career in Health Law? On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Externship Program at WCL is hosting a specialized externship fair which allows students to meet with attorneys working specifically in the areas in which they want to practice. Registration is required!

Coffee must carry cancer warning, California judge rules in tentative decision

Are you from California? If you go home and see one of these warning labels, share a photo and let us know! Judge Elihu Berle based his decision on a state law that requires businesses with at least 10 employees to notify Californians about chemical exposure that can cause cancer and birth defects, report the Associated Press, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

[04/07/18]   Apply for the Health Law & Policy Brief Executive Board!

Interested students need to submit a cover letter and resumé to [email protected].

The Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for soliciting articles, working with the publisher/printer, communicating with faculty advisers, meeting with the ExecutiveBoard on a regular basis, and ensuring the smooth running of HLPB. The Editor-in-Chief will oversee all functions of HLPB and having final decision-making authority in all matters. The Editor-in-Chief establishes a production schedule in coordination with the Executive Editor, and establishes a blog schedule in coordination with the Managing Editor. The Editor-in-Chief can issue or withdraw an offer of publication to an author, including student authors, reject an article for publication, and extend an offer of admission to a new member.

Executive Editor:
The Executive Editor is in charge of final edits before the Editor-in-Chief submits an issue for final publication. The Executive Editor enforces deadlines for staff members, grants deadline extensions, and establishes a production schedule in coordination with the Editor-in-Chief. The Executive Editor enforces warnings and demerits. The Executive Editor oversees the Article Editors and works with Article Editors directly to ensure that spading and first line edits are on schedule. The Executive Editor is also the liaison to the Student Bar Association (“SBA”).

Managing Editor:
The Managing Editor oversees the blog component of the HLPB, including creating a blogger schedule, proofreading and giving final approval to the blogs to be posted on the HLPB’s website. The Managing Editor works with the ExecutiveEditor on the budget, manages online subscriptions to the HLPB, and generally oversees staff members.

Article Editors (4):
Performs technical and line edits of articles, notes, and comments; completes other projects as necessary; develops solicitation programs for obtaining quality outside articles and critical essays. They organize source folders for assigned articles. You will receive no more than one article per semester, and hopefully only one in an academic year.

Symposium Director:
The Symposia Director is the liaison to the Health Law and Policy Students Association (“HLPSA”). The Symposium Director works to sponsor or co-sponsor health law related events both on campus at WCL and in the local community. The Symposium Director is responsible for organizing at least one symposia sponsored by HLPB, or co-sponsoring at least one symposia with another WCL brief, journal, or student organization. The Symposium Director works with the Marketing Director to publicize the publication, specific issues, articles, and blogs, and works with HLPSA and the Marketing Director to put on events of interest for health law students. The Symposium Director may also be a blogger, or an Article Editor.

Marketing Director:
The Marketing Director is responsible for running HLPB’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any other social media accounts deemed appropriate for the HLPB by the Executive Board. The Social Media Director works with the Managing Editor to facilitate online subscriptions to the HLPB, publicize both the HLPB generally at health law related events at WCL and in the DC legal community, and publicizes the symposium and other events as necessary. With the Symposium Director, the Marketing Director is a liaison to the HLPSA and any other health law related student organizations at WCL.

Membership on the HLPB Executive Board provides both leadership and editorial experience while allowing students with an interest in healthcare to expand their base of health law knowledge. Also, it is an easy way to strengthen your resume! You can apply for as many positions as you like; just indicate a preference order in your cover letter. Even if you don’t feel like you have the experience necessary to apply for a position, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway; we can train you and make sure that you are well prepared.

Please email your resume and cover letter to
[email protected].

FDA Approves First Direct-to-Consumer Test for Breast Cancer Risk

Anyone interested in FDA news? Start off Spring Break with this interesting read below! The 23andMe genetic offering “has a lot of caveats” 

We hope to see you all at our Spring Symposium next month. Save the date!

How patents play a role in drug pricing

Interested in Health Law Policy? Read below regarding how patents can play a role in pharmaceuticals and drug pricing: The cost of prescription drugs is at the forefront of discussions among patients, advocacy groups, prescribers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, and policy makers. One factor – though not the o

Watch: Former drug-company executive Alex Azar sworn in as Trump's new health-care chief

Have a break? Read about former drug-comany executive Alex Azar being sworn in as Trump's new Health Care Chief: Azar is replacing Dr. Tom Price, who resigned amid controversy last fall over his use of private pricey charter flights for work.

Obamacare Isn't Exploding, Despite Trump's Sabotage

Have you been keeping up with the latest opinions regarding recent changes in health law? Check out this opinion piece from Chad Stone, U.S. News World Report: The Affordable Care Act is surviving in the marketplace, despite the Trump administration's sabotage.

Next Steps in Health Reform 2017

Who went to the Next Steps in Health Reform Conference today? Today was an excellent first day! We hope to see more students at the Conference!

Interested in getting to know more about the keynote speakers? See the link below.

We will see you tomorrow for Day 2! Be sure to stop by our table outside of Grossman Hall.

[09/18/17]   Interested in learning more about Health Law? Ever wondered what it is? Please join the Health Law & Policy Students Association for the Fall Career Panel on November 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 pm! The panelists range from private practice attorneys to government attorneys and will be there to tell you exactly what they do! This is a great networking opportunity for students- whether interested in Health Law or not! Mark you calendars. More information will be released as the date approaches.

Senate Unveils Changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: Significant Changes, but Uncertainty Remains | Health Care Law Today

Have you been keeping up with the current Health Care Reform? Health Care Law Today releases an article discussing the Senate's Proposed Changes. Check out the article below: On July 13th, the Senate released the updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017 with components of the first edition intact.

Health Law & Policy Summer Institute - American University Washington College of Law

Don't forget about joining the 10th Annual Health Law & Policy Summer Institute.

Gain academic credit*, Continuing Legal Education credit, or a general Certificate of Participation by taking timely and relevant health law courses featuring topics such as Health Reform, Business Transactions, Pharmaceuticals, and the False Claims Act. An exciting Alumni Audit Option is also available. Expert practitioners and guest speakers bring their real-world experience into the classroom with innovative educational lectures and networking opportunities. Participants will gain a better understanding of the dynamic and complex health care industry and learn practical insights and applications.

Registration is now open! Visit for more information and to apply. Contact Professor Asha Scielzo with any questions at [email protected].

Don't delay! The Institute was recently highlighted in National Jurist magazine as one of their “Hot Classes for the Summer” and classes will fill quickly! Check it out.

Senate Conservatives: Ease Obama Health Care Law Protections WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law as Senate Republicans try fashioning legislation overhauling the nation's health care system.

Planning Trumped: Prepare for Parenthood

Check out Hayley Cronquist's post on President Trump's new law, which allows states to block Planned Parenthood from receiving funds with the Title X Family Planning Program.

Henrietta Lacks Lives On

Please read Justine Deitz's intriguing post about Henrietta Lacks, whose cells are famously known as the HeLa cells, and her story which inspired the HBO film "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"


BREAKING: Researchers have developed a functioning artificial womb.

The Debate Over Wrongful Birth Suits in Texas

Please read Jessica Winslow's post on a bill that, if passed in Texas, would prevent parents from suing their doctor if they were not properly warned about their child's genetic disability.

[04/11/17]   Congratulations on next year's Health Law & Policy Brief's Executive Board!

Editor-in-Chief: Justine Deitz
Executive Editor: Sandeep Purewal
Managing Editor: Tara Mobaraki
Symposium Director: Melat Arega
Marketing Director: Christal Benton
Article Editors: Eric Levi, Lorraine Ann Apolis, Nazaneen Pahlevani
Blogger: Samantha Schram

Fun myths that are debunked. Enjoy!

7 health myths that need to be debunked.

Thank you Jamie Katuna!

[03/30/17]   Deadline to apply to Health Law Policy Brief is tonight! Apply for positions such as the editor in chief, executive editor and article editors. Boost up your resume and improve your leadership skills and apply!
Email a letter of interest and resume to [email protected]

Steak With A Side of…Salt Warnings?

Check out Justine Deitz's post on the new sodium warning regulation, the opposition to it and why it's actually necessary.

How Climate Change Might Affect Your Health

Please read Brittany Mountjoy's post on the correlation with climate change and health.

Change or No Change in Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Enforcement?

Check out Mohaimina Haque's post on fraud and abuse enforcement, and the early signs indicating the continuity of it.

[03/27/17]   The Health Law and Policy Brief is still accepting applications until Wednesday, March 29th. Available positions include: editor-in-chief, executive editor, managing editor, articles editor, marketing director, symposium director and bloggers.
Just email Payal Mehta a letter of interest and your resume. [email protected]

Trump, Biotech, and the FDA Drug Approval Process

Please read Rihana Miller's on President Trump, how FDA's approval process operates and his stance on it.

Where does Neil Gorsuch Stand on key Public Health Issues?

See Jessica Winslow's post on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch and his views on health topics such as the ACA Contraceptive Mandate and assisted suicide.

In the House: Military Hunger Prevention Act

Please read Lorraine Apolis' post on military members and how they are currently having trouble with receiving food assistance.

Attacking the Opioid Epidemic: 21st Century Cures Act and America’s Reefer Referendum

Please read Rihana Miller's post on the opioid epidemic, the correlation between a state legalizing marijuana and the decreased use of opioid, and how medical marijuana has the potential to reduce prescription drug spending.

Republicans have released their long-awaited plan to repeal Obamacare House Republicans on Monday evening unveiled long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Reducing Prescription Drug Prices

Please read Ebunola Aniyikaiye's post on the high prices of prescription drugs, and the different ways to address the issue.

Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act

Check out Lorraine Apolis' post on the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, and how it can help decrease the number of veteran suicides.

The Technology That Can Edit Genes

Please read Setareh Mobaraki's post on genome editing, its potential benefits and the growing concerns with how its being used.

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