Health Law and Policy

The Institute for Health Policy and Practice's efforts in the area of Health Law and Policy advances effective health policy through education about and analysis of key legal issues that impact health and healthcare. This program is a collaboration between UNH School of Law and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice. The institute also provides resources including integrated training, technical assistance and education related to policy and regulatory issues impacting healthcare in New Hampshire and beyond, and conducts evidenced-based research in the area of health policy.

For more information, contact Lucy Hodder at

Learn more about UNH Law’s Health Law & Policy Program

The on-campus Health Law & Policy Certificate Program is a collaboration between the UNH School of Law, UNH’s College of Health and Human Services, and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice. UNH Law students gain an understanding of the healthcare marketplace through a focused core curriculum and the opportunity to select optional course credits, legal residencies, capstones and other independent projects that result in a complete and interdisciplinary health law experience.

Listen to Professor Lucy Hodder talk about the Health Law and Policy Certificate program in a podcast from February 2017.

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    Projects and Initiatives

    2018 Substance Use Confidentiality Bootcamp

    On March 20 and 27, 2018 the Health Law and Policy team hosted two sessions with the Department of Health and Human Services on the privacy of substance use disorder records and 42 CFR Part 2. The technical assistance sessions helped participants, including members of New Hampshire's DSRIP waiver Integrated Delivery Networks, managed care organizations, providers, data teams, and the State of New Hampshire evaluate appropriate regulatory pathways to allow for integrated care, treatment, and evaluation. Approximately 70 people participated during each session. Session activities included technical assistance on Part 2 and the new privacy regulations, information exchange mapping in breakout groups, a review of 42 CFR Part 2 and updates from the 2018 Final Rule.

    2017 Substance Use Confidentiality Bootcamp

    A Health Law and Policy team provided technical assistance to 6 of the 7 Integrated Delivery Networks in the form of educational and interprofessional bootcamps between May 15 and July 17, 2017 focusing on helping the IDNs to implement the new 42 CFR Part 2 regulations consistent with their integrated behavioral health practice goals and patient flow models.  Approximately 35 members of the IDN teams attended the boot camp sessions, along with representatives from DHHS. The Bootcamp was a combination of in-person guided meetings, webinars, and IDN team-based homework to provide technical assistance to Integrated Delivery Networks in a compressed period of events between May 15 and July 17, 2017.  The group produced draft policies and forms, a “work book” for implementation, and numerous educational guides.

    40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference

    Lucy Hodder attended the 40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 8-9, 2017. She was a panelist for the Health Care Financing and Regulation: Developments in Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity: Enforcement, Guidance, and Implementation session.

    Resource Guide and Video for Addiction and Mental Healthcare Consumers

    Recognizing there is a growing need to educate consumers with health insurance coverage in New Hampshire about how to navigate addiction and mental healthcare services, the UNH School of Law and Institute for Health Policy and Practice, in collaboration with the nonprofit New Futures, developed these resources to help individuals and families in the state access addiction and mental health care services.

    Article by Lucy Hodder

    New Hampshire Medicaid Policy Today and Tomorrow: Focusing on Value, A Research Symposium

    The New Hampshire Medicaid Program plays a key role in providing health insurance to people in NH and stabilizing our insurance market. Hosted by the UNH Health Law and Policy Programs/Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH, this Symposium featured an overview of NH Medicaid, research about the program's outcomes in managed care and with expansion populations, a review of value-based payment reform, and a discussion of key federal policy initiatives that may impact the future of the Medicaid Program.

    Review the NH Medicaid Today and Tomorrow summary booklet

    Videos from the symposium

    Work and Community Engagment Requirements

    IHPP Health Law and Policy program hosted a roundtable discussion on the Granite Advantage Program and the Work and Community Engagment Requirement on Thursday, May 31, 2018. The following is a set of questions and answers summarizing the Granite Advantage Work and Community Engagement requirements for New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion plan. NH’s Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirement

    Additional information
    Learn more about Medicaid work requirements from the NH Fiscal Policy Institute, which has published A Summary of Medicaid Expansion Changes.

    Lucy C. Hodder, Director of Health Law and Policy at UNH's Institute for Health Policy and Practice has written an article summarizing the recent federal court decision vacating Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver including its work and community engagement requirements and discussing what it might mean for New Hampshire. Read Stewart v. Azar- What Does It Mean For New Hampshire’s Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirement?

    Medicaid One-Pagers

    Jointly developed by the Institute for Health Policy and Practice and the NH Health Law and Policy Programs, the five overview documents below highlight the details of five state Medicaid programs - New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. These overview documents were developed to provide a summary of each state’s population, currently eligibility guidelines, the history of each state’s program and more.


    Health Care Costs: Key Federal and State Strategies
    Friday April 5, 2019

    Last Friday, UNH School of Law hosted a discussion of the nation's health care system, including federal and state responses and strategies to address cost growth.

    US Senator Maggie Hassan was the keynote speaker, discussing federal strategies, health cost hearings before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, legislation to combat “surprise billing”, and the importance of advocacy.  

    Lucy Hodder, Director of Health Law and Policy Programs at UNH, moderated the panel of health policy experts including Joseph R. Antos, Ph.D., the American Enterprise Institute, Trish Riley, Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, and John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health. The panel identified key trends in health cost growth, outlined key causes, discussed strategic solutions at the community, state and federal level, and debated policy options. Bob Bixby, Executive Director of the Concord Coalition, fielded questions from the audience and explained key budget pressures impacting the health care system.

    The event was co-hosted by the Concord Coalition, the Warren Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Service at UNH School of Law, and Health Law and Policy Programs at UNH Law, Institute for Health Policy and Practice.  The event was sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

    A program booklet will follow.

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      Data and Policy Briefs

      The Institute for Health Policy and Practice has released a series of data and policy briefs that seek to inform current conversations about health reform happening across the state.

      Policy Analysis and Summaries

      Regulatory Barriers to Value-Based Payment Reform in NH: Stage 1

      Transparency and All-Payer Claims

      Model All-Payer Database Legislation

      The Health Law and Policy team has worked to enhance the public availability of critical healthcare claims data needed for the development of innovative public health and policy strategies across the country. With the APCD Council, the team published “Model All-Payer Claims Database Legislation.” The model legislation provides guidance for developing legislation for state all-payer claims database systems. The Health Law and Policy Team has helped draft briefs for SCOTUS comments to federal meetings and information for states and employers regarding the impact of the Gobeille decision on All Payer Claims Database efforts.

      The College of Health and Human Services co-sponsors an event with the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives. “Shaping the Future: Leadership and Public Policy in Health Care” brings together students, alumni and external health and human service partners to discuss the health systems’ role in formulating public policy, fostering talent management and bench strength within health care organizations, and improving mental health and addictions services for patients.

      Health Leader Forge has posted a podcast of the panel discussions and keynote presentation.

      Register for the September 28, 2018 Shaping the Future Event: