Studies Find ACA Did Not Lead to Substantial Increases in Part-Time Employment

By Katherine Kwong

Analysts from all over the political spectrum have long suggested that the Affordable Care Act’s provisions could lead to a reduction in employment numbers. New research suggests that contrary to these expectations, the available data do not support claims that the ACA would lead to a substantial shift from full-time workers to part-time workers. The current evidence also does not support claims that there would be substantially more part-time workers and people leaving the workforce due to the ACA’s provisions expanding Medicaid eligibility.

Many politicians have specifically expressed concern that the ACA’s requirement that companies with 100 or more employees provide health insurance to employees working 30 or more hours per week would lead to companies shifting employees from full-time work to part-time. Republican presidential candidates including Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have stated that they believe Obamacare makes more workers part-time instead of full-time. While campaigning in Iowa, even Hilary Clinton said she believes the ACA created “some unfortunate disincentives that discourage full-time employment.” Read More

UPDATED AGENDA: Fourth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review, January 29!

UPDATED AGENDA: Fourth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review
January 29, 2016 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C 
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Fourth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review symposium will feature leading experts discussing major developments during 2015 and what to watch out for in 2016. The discussion at this day long event will cover hot topics in such areas as health insurance, health care systems, public health, innovation, and other issues facing clinicians and patients.

In addition to presenting at the conference, many of our speakers will write about their topics for a collaborative blog series that will begin in February 2016 on the Health Affairs Blog.

This year’s Health Law Year in P/Review is sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, the New England Journal of MedicineHealth Affairs, the Hastings CenterHarvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School, and the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.

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Monthly Round-Up of What to Read on Pharma Law and Policy

By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim

Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed medical literature to identify interesting empirical studies, in-depth analyses, and thoughtful editorials on pharmaceutical law and policy.

Below are the papers identified from the month of December. The selections feature topics ranging from the timing of extensions in drug indications, to the FDA’s efforts to engage patients across the spectrum of medical product development, to the impact of medical schools’ industry interaction policies on resident behavior. A full posting of abstracts/summaries of these articles may be found on our website.

  1. Dhruva SS, Prasad V. Application of Medicare’s New Technology Add-on Payment Program for Blinatumomab. JAMA Oncol. 2015 Dec 30:1-2. [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Hunter NL, O’Callaghan KM, Califf RM. Engaging Patients Across the Spectrum of Medical Product Development: View From the US Food and Drug Administration. 2015 Dec 15;314(23):2499-500.
  3. Langedijk J, Whitehead CJ, Slijkerman DS, Leufkens HG, Schutjens MD, Mantel-Teeuwisse AK. Extensions of indication throughout the drug product lifecycle: a quantitative analysis. Drug Discov Today. 2015 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print].
  4. Neumann PJ, Cohen JT. Measuring the Value of Prescription Drugs. N Engl J Med. 2015 Dec 31;373(27):2595-7.
  5. Shaw DL, Ross JS. US Federal Government Efforts to Improve Clinical Trial Transparency with Expanded Trial Registries and Open Data Sharing. AMA J Ethics. 2015 Dec 1;17(12):1152-9.
  6. Treasure CL, Avorn J, Kesselheim AS. Do March-In Rights Ensure Access to Medical Products Arising From Federally Funded Research? A Qualitative Study. Milbank Q. 2015 Dec;93(4):761-87.
  7. Yeh JS, Austad KE, Franklin JM, Chimonas S, Campbell EG, Avorn J, Kesselheim AS. Medical Schools’ Industry Interaction Policies Not Associated With Trainees’ Self-Reported Behavior as Residents: Results of a National Survey. J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Dec;7(4):595-602.