SABA Health Law Section Newsletter – November 2017

Health Law Panel at SABA North America Convention

SABA North America’s Health Law Section organized a panel discussion at the Annual Convention this past July in Washington, DC on the following topic: Health Reform, Medicare and Medicaid Under the Trump Administration: What Can We Expect?  Panelists included Anjali Kataria, CEO of Mytonomy; Karishma Shah, Partner at K&L Gates, Kristina Weger, Executive Director at the American Hospital Association; and Harsh Parikh, Attorney at Crowell & Moring, who served as the panel moderator.  Before the panel, the Health Law Section hosted a networking breakfast, sponsored by Crowell & Moring, that brought together South Asian attorneys practicing in a range of areas in health law.  We would like to thank our panelists for a lively and engaging discussion and all who attended the panel and breakfast!  Photos of the panel are attached.

Panel Proposals:  We have already begun planning for the health law panel at next year’s annual convention, which will be held on June 28-July 1, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City (save the date!).  We would love to get your thoughts on what kinds of topics and/or speakers you would like to see on the panel.  Please send your panel ideas to healthlawchair@sabanorthamerica.com by Monday, November 27.  Feel free to contact Shuchi Parikh or Dinesh Kumar at the above email address with any questions.

SABA North America Leadership Summit and New Section Guidelines

We had the pleasure of attending this year’s SABA North America Leadership Summit in Cleveland, OH, the weekend of September 22-24.  The summit convened SABA leadership from chapters all over North America, as well as the National Advisory Council and sections including the Health Law Section.  The group planned for the upcoming year, including finalizing details about next year’s annual convention.  In addition, SABA North America president Rishi Bagga announced new guidelines for the Sections that were voted on by the Executive Committee.  The Governance Guidelines were implemented to strengthen member involvement and to ensure that each Section is actively involved.  To that end, we will be sending out these regular newsletters and in the future highlighting the individual achievements of Section members.  If you have questions about the Health Law Section or wish to nominate a member to highlight in the future, let us know!

SABA Health Law Section Participation on National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

Last year, the Health Law Section joined the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) Health Committee as an organizational member.  NCAPA is a coalition of national Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander organizations striving for equity and justice by organizing our diverse strengths to influence policy and shape public narratives.  More information about NCAPA is at their website here.  The Health Committee meets regularly to discuss developments in health policy and issues of particular relevance to the Asian Pacific American community that member organizations may want to join in mobilizing efforts to address.  For example, at the October 31 meeting Committee leadership noted that the funding for the REACH program (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health), a national CDC-run initiative to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities through grants to organizations to local, culturally appropriate programs, has been cut to 0 (from ~$15 million) in the most recent budget passed by Congress. Through NCAPA, the Health Law section signed on to a letter this summer opposing the potential harm that the Graham-Cassidy health care bill would have caused to immigrant communities’ access to health care.  While SABA is a non-partisan organization, through NCAPA and other initiatives the Health Law Section will aim to stay connected to the broader health policy community and seek out issues of relevance to the South Asian community that Section members may find important to address.

Regards,

Shuchi Parikh and Dinesh Kumar

Health Law Section Co-Chairs