KU News Release

Feb. 4, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

Symposium to focus on role of states in federal health care reform

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LAWRENCE — Kansas officials and scholars from across the country will explore the role of states in federal health care reform during the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy’s 2010-11 symposium at the University of Kansas School of Law.

“The Role of States in Federal Health Care Reform” will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Stinson Morrison Hecker Lecture Hall in Green Hall. The symposium is free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated but not required. RSVP online by Monday, Feb. 7.

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama on March 23, represents the most significant change to the U.S. health care system in a generation. The law also expands, to an unprecedented degree, the role of the federal government in health care. States traditionally had primary authority for regulating health care providers and insurers and protecting health care consumers. The Affordable Care Act reduces states’ discretion to enact separate laws and increases their responsibility to implement federal law. That dynamic has generated a range of responses, including several states’ lawsuits challenging the legislation as an unconstitutional exercise of federal power.

Symposium speakers, including national health law and federalism scholars as well as Kansas state government representatives, will explore these tensions, digesting key provisions of the 900-page statute; explaining the pros and cons of federal, as opposed to state-based, health reform; and detailing Kansas’ particular response to the new federal laws.
Presenters include:

— Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, KU School of Law
— Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner
— Tim Greaney, St. Louis University School of Law
— Jonathan Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
— Abigail Moncrieff, Boston University School of Law
— Mark Hall, Wake Forest University School of Law
— Dr. Andrew Allison, Kansas Health Policy Authority Board
— Dr. Marcia Nielsen, KU Medical Center

Papers presented at the symposium will be published in April in the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Volume 20, Issue 2.

Organizers have applied for seven hours of continuing legal education credit in Kansas and Missouri. Those wishing to receive credit may register at the door and obtain materials; there is no charge.

For more information and a complete agenda, visit the School of Law website. Questions? E-mail symposium editors TJ Trumm and Jessie Riley at kjlppsymposium@ku.edu.

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