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Emily Spitzer
Emily Spitzer is the former executive director of the National Health Law Program. Based in NHeLP's Washington, D.C. office, Ms. Spitzer helped the organization grow and build on its 40-year record of securing health rights for those in need. Ms. Spitzer came to the National Health Law Program with a wealth of experience in law, health care, and fundraising. She served as the director of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation from 2002-2005, where she brought together the D.C. Bar, the legal services community, private law firms, and the courts to create the D.C Access to Justice Commission. Ms. Spitzer has held numerous staff and board positions with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, from 1989 to the present. She has also been staff attorney and acting legal director for the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund. Emily Spitzer holds degrees from Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Entries by Emily Spitzer

At Least You Have Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:24 PM

"At least you have your health."

The phrase has become cliché and even the object of parody, but there comes a point when we appreciate it in full sincerity. That point, of course, is when we face our own health issues -- even if temporary -- and appreciate...

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Some Maternal Insights for the Justices

(23) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Everything I know about contraception I learned from being a mother.

OK, that's an exaggeration, but as the Supreme Court considers the arguments made in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases this week, I would like to offer some maternal insights for the Justices.

Let's start with...

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Now That We Have Obamacare, Let's Keep Everyone Enrolled

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 1:27 PM

The Obamacare rollout is like moving houses: Everything is new and unsettled, tempers fray, and for a while all you can see is chaos before you unpack and find the right corner for your houseplants.

Ultimately, though, the promise of health reform is to minimize the upheaval of moves...

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Pop Quiz: What Do October, Lemons and Angelina Jolie Have in Common?

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 1:41 PM

If you said breast cancer awareness, you would be right. Consider: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; lemons are the stars in a clever award-winning international advertisement campaign educating women about recognizing the signs of breast cancer; and Angelina Jolie announced in a New...

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Health Care Marketplaces: A Drumroll, Please

(62) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:49 PM

They say that when raising children, the days are long but the years are short. The same can be said about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

On the one hand, it's hard to believe that the centerpiece of the plan -- the health insurance mandate and the...

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Sex, Politics, Religion? Actually... Health

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 11:35 AM

The health insurance exchanges at the heart of the Affordable Care Act are still months away, but millions of women across the country are already benefitting from the law.

It has been a year since most employers have been required to offer health insurance that covers basic...

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Happy Birthday, Medicaid!

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 4:24 PM

July 30, 1965, found President Johnson experiencing the heat of a Missouri summer. He had traveled from Washington to Independence to meet with Harry Truman at the Truman Library to honor the many years the former president had invested in bringing to fruition two landmark federal programs. He wanted President...

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A Look at the Oregon Medicaid Experiment

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:49 PM

Do you have health insurance? If so, why? (I could also ask "if not, why not?" but that's a subject for another time.)

This is not a rhetorical question. As we approach implementation of the cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act--mandatory health insurance coverage, including an expansion of the Medicaid...

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The Real Math on Medicaid

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 5:26 PM

I believe in giving credit where it is due, and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's brave -- and smart -- decision to put people -- and math -- over politics when it comes to health care gets a big nod of approval.

Gov. Brewer broke company with a number of her...

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For Dual-Eligibles, Health Care Reform Is Already Here

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:46 AM

You can't open a newspaper--or a newsy website--these days without getting the latest update on two high-profile parts of the new health care law that are still months away from implementation.

The Medicaid Expansion, which has the potential of helping 17 million people get health...

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Back to School: A Course on Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 2:22 PM

If I were to design a course on leadership today, I could ask my students to ponder the art of war or seven habits of highly effective people, exhort them to go from good to great or to assemble a team...

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Welcome to the (Regulatory) Jungle

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 5:02 PM

A wise person once cautioned against failing to see the forest for the trees.

I am guessing that person did not live in Washington, D.C.

As we roll into the one-year countdown before "Obamacare" takes full effect, state governments, health care organizations, insurers, and a myriad of partners are drilling...

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Fulfilling the Promise of Roe v. Wade: Let's Start With the President's Budget

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 12:33 PM

For good reason, the past few months have been dominated by talk of the federal budget, national debt and the illusive fiscal cliff. And here we are at the start of a new budget season, once again. Within the coming weeks, the president will present a budget...

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Everyone in the Pool!

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 10:50 AM

There is a classic Bill Cosby routine that features the punchline, "Everyone out of the pool!" There have been times recently when I have pictured the Obama Administration as a frustrated lifeguard with the opposite task, blowing a whistle and calling, "Everyone IN the pool!"

At its core, the...

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Health Care Reform: What's Next?

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Watching the election results come in this week, I found myself thinking back to The West Wing and to a certain phrase that floated through the Bartlet White House. As presidential candidate Jed Bartlet explained to Josh Lyman at their first meeting, "When I ask 'What's next?' it means I'm...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Emergency Rooms

(19) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 5:41 PM

The one presidential debate on domestic issues has come and gone, and like everyone else, I am disappointed -- not because of what was said about Big Bird or taxes or even small business, but because of what was not said about health care options for those struggling in our...

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Ripping Up the Social Contract in Tampa

(19) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 9:33 AM

There has been a lot of talk about the federal government at the Republican National Convention this week. On Tuesday night South Carolina Governor Nicki Haley said the hardest part about her job "continues to be this federal government," and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talked of putting federal bureaucrats...

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August 1, 2012: A Milestone for American Women

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 2:17 PM

The first day of August is the traditional start of month of a slower pace at work, a week at the beach or permission to indulge in a little all-around laziness.

For millions of American women, this August 1st will bring something else: The day when the barriers to...

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Pay No Attention to That Patient Behind the Curtain

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 1:51 PM

When you consider the sheer volume of hostile energy that has been directed against health care reform (aka the ACA), you could be forgiven for assuming that America's health care system is just fine, thank you very much -- or that if it has its weak spots, those are merely...

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What Will America Look Like if Health Reform Is Struck Down?

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 5:50 PM

The throngs of lawyers, protesters and advocates have all gone home. They'll now hold their collective breath until the Supreme Court delivers its verdict, most likely in June. What's decided will affect our political and legal system forever and reverberate throughout our health care system and every aspect of American...

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