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 is an associate professor at Hamline University School of Law. Her current research focuses in part on Medicaid policy, in particular the historic and present tensions between the federal and state governments in regulating and funding the program, and the impact these struggles have had, not just on beneficiaries, but also on the greater health care system. Her other areas of interest include private health coverage, Medicare, medical malpractice, and bioethics.

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. In addition to teaching in the graduate and medical schools, she directed the Health Economics and Policy Theme in the School of Medicine, and was principal investigator on a contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services to track and analyze Texas municipal secondhand smoke ordinances.


Enterprise Liability: Medical Malpractice Reform in the Service of Improved Health Care Quality and Outcomes17 J. Health Care L. & Pol’y __ (forthcoming, 2014)
The Future of Medicaid Supplemental Payments: Can They Promote Patient-Centered Care?, with Merle Lenihan, __ Ky. L.J. __ (forthcoming, 2014).
On the Uneasy Relationship Between Medicaid and Charity Care, NOTRE DAME J.L. ETHICS & PUB. POL'Y (2013). (with Merle Lenihan).
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).