Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., is the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, a unique center of learning, scholarship, and public service focusing on all aspects of health policy.

Professor Rosenbaum has devoted her career to issues of health law and policy affecting low income, minority, and medically underserved populations. Between 1993 and 1994, Professor Rosenbaum worked for President Clinton, directing the legislative drafting of the Health Security Act and developing the Vaccines for Children program. Professor Rosenbaum also served on the Presidential Transition Team for President-Elect Obama.

A graduate of Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Law, Professor Rosenbaum has authored a leading health law textbook as well as more than 350 articles and studies focusing on all phases of health law and health care for medically underserved populations. A holder of numerous awards for her scholarship and service, Professor Rosenbaum is the recipient of the Richard and Barbara Hansen National Health Leadership Award (University of Iowa), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and the Oscar and Shoshanna Trachtenberg Award for Scholarship, George Washington University’s highest award for scholarship.

Professor Rosenbaum is a member of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) and Director’s Advisory Committee. She also serves as a Commissioner on the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, which advises Congress on federal Medicaid and CHIP policy.

Recent Posts by Sara Rosenbaum

Medicaid And Access To Care: The CMS Equal Access Rule

On November 2, 2015, CMS issued a long-awaited final regulation implementing Medicaid’s so-called “equal access” requirement. It takes modest steps toward creating a stronger evidence base and review process for evaluating the sufficiency of state Medicaid payments in relation to beneficiary...

Planned Parenthood, Community Health Centers, And Women’s Health: Getting The Facts Right

The current Planned Parenthood fight, one of the most disturbing battles over women’s health in recent years, has been riddled with inaccuracies. A particularly damaging one is the assertion that the nation’s community health centers could pick up the slack if Planned Parenthood is defunded.

Post-King: Moving Forward In A New Normal

Assuming after King v. Burwell that the nation is one Presidential election away from the final word on whether the ACA is here to stay, it is worth reflecting on some of the near-term concerns that emerge as important follow-on policy issues.

Game Changer: CMS’ Proposed Medicaid Managed Care Regulation

CMS’ long awaited Medicaid managed care proposed rules were released on May 26 and published in the Federal Register on June 1. In both vision and sweep, the new proposal represents a defining moment in the life of Medicaid.

The Armstrong v Exceptional Child Inc. Medicaid Payment Case: Now What?

In Armstrong v. Exceptional Child, the United States Supreme Court held that providers (and, by implication, beneficiaries) may not turn to the courts for help in requiring that states live up to the minimum legal terms of the Medicaid statute. Here’s what the Obama administration should do now.

April 30, 2015Medicaid and CHIP, Payment Policy

Go Slow On Reference Pricing: Why The Federal Agencies Have It Wrong On Regulations

Despite concerns outlined in our previous post on reference pricing, federal oversight agencies essentially have taken a hands-off approach. First, they announced that for large group and self-insured plans, the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) annual maximum limits on out-of-pocket costs do not...

Go Slow On Reference Pricing: Not Ready For Prime Time

Editor's note: This post is part one of two on reference pricing.  The use of reference pricing by health insurers and employee health benefit plans stands high on the policy and regulatory agenda because it is gaining popularity, particularly now that federal agencies have blessed its use...

King v Burwell: The NFIB Medicaid Coercion Argument Returns

Editor's note: Watch Health Affairs Blog for more posts on King v. Burwell and the Supreme Court oral arguments in the case by Tim Jost, Grace-Marie Turner, and others. The March 4, 2015 oral argument in King v Burwell, which will determine whether millions of low- and moderate-income...

HHS Proposed Policy On Non-Discrimination: Does It Adequately Protect Children?

On November 26, 2014, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed 2016 Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters, an omnibus regulation published annually that sets “rules of the road” for the administration of federally regulated insurance plans. Among...

Additional Requirements For Charitable Hospitals: Final Rules On Community Health Needs Assessments And Financial Assistance

On December 29, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service released long-awaited final regulations implementing Affordable Care Act provisions that impose additional obligations on charitable hospital organizations covered by §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ...