Mary Ann Chirba
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Mary Ann Chirba holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colgate University, and earned a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and Master's in Public Health and a Doctorate in Science from the Harvard School of Public Health. Since 1984, Professor Mary Ann Chirba has taught a variety of courses at Boston College Law School, including Legal Reasoning Research & Writing, Health Care Law and Policy I and II, Comparative Health Law, and Product Liability Law. She also lectures on various health law issues at Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital of Boston, and Brandeis University. In past years, Professor Chirba has been an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she taught courses on Pharmaceutical Product Safety, “The Tobacco Wars,” Current Developments in Health Law, Managed Care Law & Regulation, and Medical Malpractice & Risk Management. A former litigator, she has also been certified by the American Health Law Association as a mediator and arbitrator. 

Her current research interests are varied and include federal and state health care reform, ERISA preemption of state efforts to regulate managed care, the use of law and regulation to promote medical product safety, and emerging federal and international guidelines for embryonic and adult stem cell research. Along with Prof. Alice Noble, and several practitioners, she is co-authoring the Lexis/Matthew Bender Treatise on the Affordable Care Act, scheduled for publication in the summer of 2012.

Recent Posts by Mary Ann Chirba

Individual And Group Coverage Under The ACA: More Patches To The Federal-State Crazy Quilt

Throughout the 2012 Presidential campaign, Republican contenders criticized the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a “federal take-over of health care” for its promotion of national uniformity in health coverage and access. Yet long before passage, the architects of the ACA quickly rejected a federal...

The Supreme Court Upholds The Individual Mandate: But Who Are We Talking About?

While the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate survived constitutional scrutiny in NFIB v. Sebelius, a Republican president and/or changes in the House or Senate this fall could lead to its demise.   As campaigns shift into high gear, the law’s opponents will undoubtedly draw on the...

The Supreme Court On The Affordable Care Act: What We Are Waiting For

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) it is worth reminding ourselves of what, exactly, we have been waiting for. We await a judicial opinion that could deliver a decisive blow to all or part of a massive piece of legislation and the hard-fought battles...

Alice Noble And Mary Ann Chirba On Severability: Life Is A Highway

On Day Three of arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court turned its attention to the question of severability. Should the Court find that the ACA’s minimum coverage requirement is indeed a proper exercise of Congress’s right to regulate...

Alice Noble And Mary Ann Chirba On The Individual Mandate Argument: Beyond Uncompensated Care

“Reading between the lines” of the Supreme Court arguments seems to be everyone’s favorite pastime this week.  For health lawyers, these three days are heady times, a chance to revel in exquisitely crafted briefs and complex legal theories, consummately argued in a way that lifts the entire...