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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Upcoming Symposium on Universal Health Care

The University of Kansas Law Review is sponsoring an interesting symposium on November 10th entitled, "The Massachusetts Plan and the Future of Universal Coverage."  It looks like a terrific conference and the guest speaker list is truly amazing!  Here is a brief overview of the conference topic as well as a list of the impressive speakers.  Did I mention that the conference is free?  I think that Kansas in November is definitely the place to be!

In April 2006, Massachusetts established historic precedent by enacting comprehensive health care reform that promises near-universal coverage for the state, including 500,000 uninsured residents. The Massachusetts plan includes a unique combination of employer and individual "pay or play" mandates, government subsidies, managed competition, and tax incentives. The provisions embrace both left-leaning ideals of health care as a right and right-leaning emphasis on individual responsibility. Existing features of Massachusetts's health care system and population may have facilitated passage of the ambitious reform package. Those preconditions present challenges for other states considering similar reform. The presenters at the symposium will consider the possible benefits, problems, and solutions for state-regulated universal health care reform. Their papers, which will be published in the Kansas Law Review, will identify and analyze issues critical to practitioners, policymakers, and the public as a whole.

The Kansas Law Review’s 2006 Symposium, The Massachusetts Plan and the Future of Universal Coverage, features leading experts on Health Care Law. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an introduction and welcome by Dean Gail B. Agrawal, J.D., M.P.H. There will be four panel presentations where speakers will present their findings and then open the floor for questions and discussion. Following the symposium, the Kansas Law Review will host a cocktail reception for the speakers and for interested guests.

List of Symposium Speakers

Gail Agrawal, J.D., M.P.H., Dean and Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, Introduction and Welcome

Michael H. Fox, Sc.D., Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management and Research & Training Center on Independent Living, University of Kansas, Health Reform: The Rhetoric and the Reality

Christie Hager, J.D., Chief Health Counsel, Office of Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, Massachusetts House of Representatives and Adjunct Professor, Suffolk University Law School, Health Reform in Massachusetts: A Social Compact and a Bold Experiment

David A. Hyman, J.D., M.D., Professor and Galowich-Huizenga Faculty Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law, Universal Coverage: Camelot or Brigadoon?

Peter D. Jacobson, J.D, M.P.H., Professor of Health Law & Policy, Department of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Let 1000 Flowers Wilt: The Futility of State-Level Health Care Reform

Melissa B. Jacoby, Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Law, Debtor-Creditor Perspectives on Universal Health Coverage

Timothy S. Jost, J.D., Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, School of Law, Comprehensive Health Reform: The Role of Consumer Self-Insurance

Joan Krause, J.D., George Butler Research Professor of Law and Co-Director, Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center, Fraud in Universal Coverage: The Usual Suspects (and Then Some)

Jerry Menikoff, J.D., M.P.P., M.D., Assistant Professor of Law, Ethics & Medicine, Department of History & Philosophy of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Kansas, Who Knows Where Universal Health Care Goes? The Hunt for the Omniscient Critic

Amy B. Monahan, J.D., Associate Professor, University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, The Latest Battleground in ERISA Preemption: Pay or Play Mandates and the Future of State-Based Universal Coverage

Marcia J. Nielsen, Ph.D., M.P.H., Interim Executive Director, Kansas Health Policy Authority, State of Kansas, Health Reform in Kansas: Context, Challenges, and Capacity

William M. Sage, J.D., M.D., Professor and James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Can the Fact that 90 Percent of Americans Live Within 15 Miles of a Wal-Mart Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage?

Sidney D. Watson, J.D., Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, The Road from Massachusetts to Missouri: What Would It Take for Other States to Replicate the Massachusetts Plan for Universal Coverage?

Elizabeth A. Weeks, J.D., Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, Gap-Filling, Risk-Pooling, and the "Connector": Private Market Solutions to Universal Coverage

Additional Papers by:

Theodore R. Marmor, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy & Management and Political Science, Yale School of Management, Wanting It All: The Challenges of the U.S. Health System Reform (Keynote Address, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Annual Economic Conference, June 15, 2005)

Stephen J. Ware, J.D., Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, Analytical Response to Professor Melissa B. Jacoby

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