Health Law Analysis

Federal and state laws and regulations are complex and have an enormous impact on health care, especially public sector programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, which must be implemented in accordance with detailed federal and state rules. These rules are constantly changing, and every modification has the potential to affect new and existing health care policies and programs. A health care policy or program may look like it is viable on paper, but can it be legally enacted within the state and federal regulations on the books?

Constantly changing state and federal rules can make staying up-to-date a difficult task for public agencies and nonprofit organizations. With the help of the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School, however, public agencies and nonprofit organizations can stay ahead of the regulatory curve — while remaining fully aware of what it means to programs when new rules and laws take effect.

Our staff has extensive knowledge of the complex federal and state laws and regulations that can have such a strong influence on health care programs. Public sector programs – Medicare and Medicaid in particular – need to be put into practice exactly as required by federal and state rules. Through years of experience working as health lawyers in the public sector, our staff and leadership have developed strong knowledge of the most relevant topics affecting public health law, such as the following:

  • Federal and state health insurance laws and regulations
  • Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and Medicare regulations, both existing and proposed
  • Related laws, such as the Employee Retirement Security Income Act (ERISA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that affect health care policies and programs
  • Employer and individual health insurance mandates and enforcement mechanisms
  • Impact and interpretation of federal and state court decisions

Legal Analysis and Impact Analysis
Our staff can help avoid the unintended consequences that can complicate health reform efforts.

Legislation Drafting
The legislative services provide support for public agencies shepherding new bills into law.

Public Comment Preparation
We draft public comments to explain the impact of new laws and regulations.