Media Roundup for Feb. 9, 2018

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Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of Feb. 9, 2018:

The Future of Healthcare Could Be a Privacy Nightmare


February 8

“Typically there are not such state laws,” says Mark Hall, professor of law and public health at Wake Forest University. “So, what you describe could happen in many states,” for people who have Aetna insurance.

Conference and partners to hold expungement clinics

Winston-Salem Chronicle

February 8

They wanted to hold the clinic to bring awareness to a broader audience, according to Judge Denise Hartsfield. She said since certain laws were changed at the end of 2017, more individuals might be eligible for expungement. “This process has taught us that people who are looking for jobs are penalized by a criminal record, period,” said Hartsfield.  “It doesn’t matter what the criminal record says because employers are looking for a reason not to hire you, anyway.

NC health care marketplace sign-ups drop 5.3 percent; state ranks 4th nationally in enrollment

Winston-Salem Journal

February 7

Mark Hall, a professor of law and public health at Wake Forest University, said the report “shows that, despite the Trump administration’s effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act, its basic structure remains solid.”

“This is a testament to its fundamental soundness. In North Carolina, enrollment dipped, but not as much as some people feared.”

This was also published on Pharmacy Choice and News & Record.

A party with death: How one local group is organizing for the inevitable

The Inquirer

February 6

Tanya Marsh, a law professor at Wake Forest University specializing in mortuary statutes, said the toughness of Pennsylvania’s regulatory system is due to its age. Modern embalming burgeoned as an industry in the 19th century, with the Civil War heightening the demand. Northern wealthy families began paying to have their battle-slain loved ones embalmed, then shipped home. That placed states such as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania on the forefront of American death care. Western Pennsylvania is the home to the first crematory in the U.S., for example. But now, for those interested in newer standards, some of Pennsylvania’s burial laws appear passé. “They’ve become so rigid, they’ve been left behind,” Marsh said.

Can you sell your body when you die? This man wants to try


February 5

Tanya Marsh teaches funeral and cemetery law at Wake Forest University School of Law. She wrote a textbook on human remains law and explained that the law in this area is woefully vague and unenforced. Still, she argues that such a sale would be illegal in Stump’s state of Kentucky.

“The common law rule in the U.S. is that there’s no property interest in human remains,” Marsh told Newsweek, adding, “You can’t sell something that isn’t property.”