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Bar News - February 18, 2015

UNH Law Launches New Health Law & Policy Program

Governor’s Former Legal Counsel Lucy Hodder Appointed Director

Lucy Hodder

The University of New Hampshire is launching a new health law and policy program and has appointed Lucy Hodder, former legal counsel to the governor and accomplished attorney in the field of health law, as a law professor and director of the program.

The new program is a collaboration of UNH Law and the UNH College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

Hodder’s new role includes responsibility for developing curriculum and teaching in the health law and policy program at the law school as well as conducting applied research in the CHHS Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP).

Hodder was legal counsel for Governor Maggie Hassan since 2013. She was responsible for coordinating New Hampshire’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid.

“Lucy Hodder is a dedicated advocate for the people of New Hampshire, and I am incredibly lucky to have had her serve as my legal counsel for the past two years,” Governor Hassan said when announcing Hodder’s departure from the governor’s office. “Her talent and expertise in health law were critical to the passage and implementation of our historic, bipartisan health care expansion plan, and the University of New Hampshire could not have picked a better person to develop its health law and policy program at the law school. Lucy’s efforts will have a long-lasting positive impact on the health and well-being of Granite Staters, and I cannot thank her enough for everything that she has done for the people of New Hampshire throughout her career.”

Hodder has practiced law for nearly 25 years. Two decades of her career have been dedicated to healthcare and public policy. She served as an assistant attorney general in New Hampshire for more than four years, working primarily with state departments that included the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services and New Hampshire Hospital. At Rath, Young & Pignatelli she worked to develop a healthcare practice group that served the legislative, administrative and legal needs of health providers throughout New England.

One of Hodder’s first goals is to develop a new certificate of health law and policy at UNH Law, targeted to begin in fall 2015. She will also teach courses related to health law.

“Health law has grown exponentially in scope and subject matter over the last two decades, and I am eager to help develop this program to train new lawyers in the field,” said Hodder. “Lawyers well trained in health law and policy can substantially impact the healthcare delivery system as it grows, changes and serves.”

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