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225.7 sec. 001 - Topics in Health Insurance Law and Regulation (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Daniel Schwarcz  
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Th 6:25 PM - 9:25 PM
    Location: Law 145
    On 2020-03-12

    F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 145
    On 2020-03-13

    F 3:10 PM - 5:10 PM
    Location: Law 145
    On 2020-03-13

    Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Law 145
    On 2020-03-14

    Sa 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
    Location: Law 145
    On 2020-03-14

Course Start: March 12, 2020
Course End: March 14, 2020
Class Number: 32599

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 21
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

Private health insurance is the primary vehicle through which access to healthcare is assured in the United States. For this reason, the law and regulation of health insurance is of vital importance to a wide variety of different types of lawyers and public policy advocates. This topic is nonetheless often only covered tangentially in traditional law school classes like Insurance Law, Health Law, and Employee Benefits. This condensed class will survey major issues in the law and regulation of U.S. health insurance. Topics that may be covered (depending on time constraints) include (i) the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare) and its regulation of private health insurers, (ii) State regulation of private health insurers, (iii) ERISA's regulation of employer-sponsored health plans, and (iv) State and federal laws governing the resolution of health insurance coverage disputes (both through courts and via internal and external review of coverage decisions). The class will not cover issues related to public health insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid and it will not assume that students have any particular background in health or insurance law. It will be geared in equal parts to developing a basic understanding of the technical legal and regulatory issues in covered topics and to discussing the insurance-specific policy issues surrounding health care reform.

This course meets:
Thursday, March 12th 6:25PM-9:25PM
Friday, March 13th 10AM-12PM and 3:10PM-5:10PM
Saturday, March 14th 9:30AM-12:30PM and 2:10PM-5:10PM

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure
Social Justice and Public Interest

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