Health Law Program

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Professor Mark Hall interviewed on ‘The Week in Health Law’ podcast

Professor Mark Hall was the main guest in the The Week in Health Law podcast on March 24 to talk about expansion of Medicaid and more issues within Health Law. Continue reading »

Wake Forest health law researchers argue in favor of Medicaid expansion in North Carolina

The Winston-Salem Journal originally published the following story by Richard Craver here on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016:

The debate about whether to expand Medicaid coverage to an additional 500,000 North Carolinians has reached a political crossroads, according to two Wake Forest University researchers. Mark Hall and Edwin Shoaf, nationally recognized health care law experts, released Monday a 12-page brief that weighs the pros and cons of expanding the N.C. Medicaid program. The brief can be accessed here. Continue reading »

Medicaid Expansion Costs in North Carolina: A Frank Discussion

A PDF of the following study can be found here.


The history of Medicaid in North Carolina has always been contentious. It took the state five years to adopt Medicaid after the federal government first enacted the program in 1965, and it has now been five years since the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, allowing states to expand Medicaid. State political leaders have said that we need to overcome two major hurdles before seriously considering Medicaid expansion: Supreme Court challenges to the ACA, and reform of North Carolina’s existing Medicaid system. This past summer the Supreme Court dismissed the last remaining legal challenge to the ACA, and more recently the North Carolina legislature adopted a Medicaid reform bill that Gov. McCrory signed into law. These two developments now clear the decks for an honest dialogue about the costs and benefits of expanding Medicaid. Continue reading »

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LIVE WEBCAST: Health Law and Policy Program presents ‘Future of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina’ on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Wake Forest Law’s Health Law and Policy Program will host a panel of industry leaders to discuss the “Future of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The town hall event is free and open to the public. For those who are unable to attend in person, a live webcast will be available at  For best results, this video should be viewed using Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Mac).

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Medicaid boon or Frankenstein monster? Study by Professor Mark Hall and Edwin Shoaf (’14) featured in Charlotte Observer, Bloomberg Business

The following piece originally ran in The Charlotte Observer and was picked up by Bloomberg Business: Medicaid reform is the $12 billion question in North Carolina, as legislators debate the best way to control costs for the federal-state insurance program for low-income residents, most of them children. Continue reading »

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Wake Forest University researchers release study on ‘Medicaid Reform Options for North Carolina’

Wake Forest Law’s Mark A. Hall, Professor of Law & Public Health, and Edwin Shoaf (’14), Health Law and Policy Research Associate, released a study entitled, “Medicaid Reform Options for North Carolina,” on Friday, May 1. The study is the product of Wake Forest Law’s soon-to-be announced Health Law and Policy Program. Continue reading »