Heather Howard on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

By Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale

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We welcome back one of the pod’s most popular guests. Heather Howard is a member of the faculty at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Previously, she served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010. With her help we unpack the latest flurry of Section 1115 waiver approvals and Medicaid refractive surveillance apparatus. Some seem ripe for considerable skepticism, threatening the healthcare of many. Others, current or proposed, give some cause for cautious optimism.

In our lightning round, we discuss the latest judicial challenge to the ACA, a non-severability argument reprising themes of the key NFIB v. Sebelius dissent. We also discuss states’ asserting increasing ability to ignore aspects of the ACA, and the grim prospect of lifetime limits on Medicaid beneficiaries.

The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at Apple Podcasts, listen at Stitcher Radio Tunein, or Podbean, or search for The Week in Health Law in your favorite podcast app. Show notes and more are at TWIHL.com. If you have comments, an idea for a show or a topic to discuss you can find us on Twitter @nicolasterry @FrankPasquale @WeekInHealthLaw.