Laura Hermer

Associate Professor
Email: lhermer01@hamline.edu
Phone: 651-523-2084


BA, Hampshire College (1993)
JD, Northeastern University School of Law (1998)
LLM in Health Law, University of Houston Law Center (2002)


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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. She is also developing a medical-legal partnership and associated coursework between the law school and United Family Medicine, a federally-qualified health center in St. Paul, in part through the support of a fellowship funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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, and a Research Professor at the University of Houston Law Center.


Laura D. Hermer, Rationalizing Home and Community-Based Services Under Medicaid, 8 J. Health L. & Pol’y __ (forthcoming, 2015).
Laura D. Hermer, Aligning Incentives in Accountable Care Organizations: The Role of Medical Malpractice Reform, 17 J. Health Care L. & Pol’y 271 (2014).
Merle Lenihan & Laura D. Hermer, On the Uneasy Relationship Between Medicaid and Charity Care, 28 Notre Dame J. L., Pol’y & Ethics 165 (2014).
Avoiding a "Death Panel" Redux, HASTINGS CENTER REP. (2013). (with Nichole Piemonte).
Federal/State Tensions in Fulfilling Medicaid’s Purpose, 21 ANNALS HEALTH L. 615 (2012).

Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities and Ethics: The Need for a Multilevel Approach, 21 CAMBRIDGE Q. HEALTHCARE ETHICS 309 (2012). (with Howard Brody & Jason E. Glenn).
The States’ Challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion, 33 WHITTIER L. REV. 1 (2011). (remarks presented at Whittier Law School’s 2011 Health Law Symposium).
Artificial Nutrition and Hydration: The Evolution of Ethics, Evidence, and Policy, 26 J. OF GEN. INTERNAL MED. 1053 (2011). (with Howard Brody, Larry Scott, et al.).
Professionally Responsible Malpractice Reform, 26 J. OF GEN. INTERNAL MED. 806 (2011). (with Howard Brody).
Medicaid, Low Income Pools, and the Goals of Privatization, 17 GEO. J. ON POVERTY L. & POL’Y 405 (2010).

Defensive Medicine and Health Reform: Toward an Evidence-Based Approach, 25 J. OF GEN. INTERNAL MED. 470 (2010). (with Howard Brody).
Changes in Population Coverage by Texas Smoke-Free Ordinances: 2000-2007, 36 AM. J. OF PREVENTIVE MED. 91 (2009). (with Phyllis Gingiss, Melynda Boerm & Phillip Huang).
Personal Responsibility: A Plausible Social Goal, but Not for Medicaid Reform, 38 HASTINGS CENTER REP. 16 (2008).
A Moratorium on Intersex Surgeries?: Law, Science, Identity, and Bioethics at the Crossroads, 13 CARDOZO J.L. & GENDER 255 (2007).

The Scapegoat: EMTALA and Emergency Department Overcrowding, 14 J.L. & POL'Y 695 (2006).
Private Health Insurance in the United States: A Proposal for a More Functional System, 6 HOUS. J. HEALTH L. & POL'Y 1 (2005).

Access to Health Care in Texas: A Patient-Centered Perspective, 35 TEX. TECH L. REV. 33 (2004).

Midwifery: Strategies on the Road to Universal Legalization, 13 HEALTH MATRIX 325 (2003).

Paradigms Revised: Intersex Children, Bioethics and the Law, 11 ANN. HEALTH L. 195 (2002).
Municipal Home Rule in New York: Tobacco Control at the Local Level, 65 BROOKLYN L. REV. 321 (1999).
Laura D. Hermer & Merle Lenihan, The Future of Medicaid Supplemental Payments: Can They Promote Patient-Centered Care?, 102 Ky. L.J. 287 (2013 – 2014).