Healthcare Law

The Kids Are Not Alright: Leveraging Existing Health Law to Attack the Opioid Crisis Upstream

Yael Cannon

Abstract The opioid crisis is now a nationwide epidemic, ravaging both rural and urban communities. The public health and economic consequences are staggering; recent estimates suggest the epidemic has contracted the U.S. labor market by over one million jobs and cost the nation billions of dollars. To tackle the crisis, scholars and health policy initiatives […]

Positive Rights: The New York “Baby Aids Bill” as State-Created Danger

Aaron Badida

Abstract The New York “Baby AIDS Bill” created a requirement for mandatory, unblind testing of newborns for HIV. This law, and its associated regulatory infrastructure, is contrary to a number of deeply rooted substantive due process rights, including the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment and the right to privacy and bodily autonomy. When the state […]

Investing in the Ill: The Need to Curb Third-Party Payment of Qualified Health Plan Premiums

Written by: Brad M. Beall

Abstract Hospitals and physicians have begun encouraging their high-cost patients to switch from Medicare or Medicaid to government-subsidized Qualified Health Plans by offering to pay their insurance premiums. Providers make these third-party payments because insurance payouts are much higher under Qualified Health Plans than under Medicare or Medicaid. However, this practice is not always in […]

Rescuing the Rescuer: Reforming How Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law Treats Mental Injury of First Responders

Written by: Travis J. Foels

Abstract The 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida was the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001. With a final death toll of forty-nine people, and fifty-three others wounded, the attack sent shockwaves throughout the city, state, and nation. People sent condolences to the families of those […]

Robert J. Pushaw, Jr., The Paradox of the Obamacare Decision: How Can the Federal Government have Limited Unlimited Power?

National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), sets forth the most important judicial examination of constitutional power since the New Deal era. The political and media frenzy over the Obamacare case has obscured its actual legal analysis and larger constitutional implications, which warrant more reflective […]

Randy E. Barnett, No Small Feat: Who Won the Health Care Case (and Why Did So Many Law Professors Miss the Boat)?

In this Essay, prepared as the basis for the 2013 Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, I describe five aspects of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius that are sometimes overlooked or misunderstood: (1) the Court held that imposing economic mandates on the […]