April Moreno
Program Director
University of Houston Law Center
Health Law & Policy Institute
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
(713) 743-2101
E-mail: healthlaw@uh.edu

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HLPI Hosted Annual Symposium Workshop

HLPI sponsored the 2016 Health Law Symposium Workshop held at Norton Rose Fulbright on November 4, 2016.  The symposium entitled, "Good Health Policy or Discrimination? How to Tell the Difference" featured keynote speaker, Marisa Smith, Regional Manager of the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services, who discussed the recently promulgated Section 1557 regs.  The workshop focused on "healthism," or discrimination on the basis of health status. Experts from around the country came together to discuss the legal and ethical issues behind policies that discriminate on the basis of health-related factors, such as smoking and obesity.  Areas of law discussed included Medicaid, ERISA, employment discrimination, and public health. Speakers were:

Jacqueline Fox, Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law;
Brendan Maher, Professor of Law, Director of the Insurance Law Center and Robert D. Paul Scholar, University of Connecticut School of Law;
Jennifer Shinall, Assistant Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School;
Jessica L. Roberts, George Butler Research Professor and Director, Health Law & Policy Institute;
Lindsay Wiley, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law; and
Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law