Hamline Events

Winning the War on Health Poverty: A Legal Assessment

Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: N/A
Contact: Jane Prince, 651-523-2338, jprince01@hamline.edu
Location: The Hamline Law Moot Court Room or by Live Webcast
Sponsor: N/A
Description:

Hamline Law Professor Laura Hermer will discuss the legal history of major health programs for the poor in America. She will focus on the the Kerr-Mills Act, in effect at the inception of President Johnson's War on Poverty, and the Medicaid program, which succeeded it. Laura will analyze the programs' legacies in the context of the Affordable Care Act and modern-day Medicaid will be analyzed. Laura's current research focuses on changes in access to health coverage and care under the Affordable Care Act, with a particular focus on under-served populations.

Hermer  will discuss the legal history of major health programs for the poor in America, most notably the Kerr-Mills Act that was in effect at the inception of President Johnson's War on Poverty, and the Medicaid program which succeed edit. The programs' legacies in the context of the Affordable Care Act and modern-day Medicaid will be analyzed. Laura Hermer, JD,LLM, is an Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN. Her current research focuses on changes in access to health coverage and care under the Affordable Care Act, with a particular focus on underserved populations.

Prior to her appointment at Hamline, Hermer was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and a Member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. There, she taught courses and modules on health policy and medical-legal issues in the graduate school and medical school, and also developed and integrated a curriculum in health economics, policy and medical jurisprudence into the existing School of Medicine curriculum. Hermer additionally was Principal Investigator from 2009 – 2012 on a contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services to track and analyze Texas municipal secondhand smoke ordinances.

Before her appointment at UTMB, Hermer held an appointment as a Research Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where she conducted research on a variety of health law topics, taught in the Law Center, and worked with Texas legislators on analyses of current and proposed legislation. Hermer also practiced law at Kruse, Luccia and Evans, LLP, in Houston, Texas, and was a staff member at the Tobacco Control Resource Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Register to attend this program in the Hamline Law Moot Court Room or by Live Webcast, by contacting Jane Prince.

One standard CLE credit has been sought.