Nicole Huberfeld

Nicole Huberfeld, JD

Edward R Utley Professor in Health Law, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Nicole Huberfeld is Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at the School of Public Health and Professor of Law at the School of Law. Her scholarship focuses the cross-section of health law and constitutional law with emphasis on health reform, federalism in health care (especially Medicaid), and the federal spending power. She authored the first new casebook on health care law in a generation, The Law of American Health Care, with Elizabeth Weeks of the University of Georgia School of Law, and Kevin Outterson, executive director of CARB-X and N. Neal Pike Scholar in Health and Disability Law at BU Law, now in its second edition. She also is coauthor of Public Health Law, 3d Ed. (with Mariner, Annas & Ulrich, 2019).

Huberfeld’s article, Federalizing Medicaid, was cited by the US Supreme Court in the first Affordable Care Act case, NFIB v. Sebelius. Her work also has been cited by the Delaware Supreme Court, federal district courts, and in briefs to the US Supreme Court. She published a major five-year study in Stanford Law Review tracking the federalism elements of the implementation of the ACA (with co-author Abbe Gluck, Professor of Law and Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School) and has published in national and international journals including Stanford Law Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Boston College Law Review, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics, Boston University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Health Affairs, and Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. She has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including Congressional Quarterly, Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post, National Law Journal, Mother Jones, Law 360, Politico, Vice News, and Modern Healthcare.

In 2019, Huberfeld won the Excellence in Teaching Award (for teaching in the Core) at BU School of Public Health.

Prior to joining the BU faculty, Huberfeld taught courses on constitutional law, health care organizations and finance, bioethical issues in the law, and a health law and policy seminar at the University of Kentucky College of Law and was a Bioethics Associate at the College of Medicine. Huberfeld won the UK College of Law Duncan Teaching Award in 2008. Previously, she taught at Seton Hall University School of Law as well as created and directed the health care compliance certification program there. Huberfeld also practiced health law in New York and New Jersey before entering academia.

Other Positions

  • Professor - Boston University School of Law
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • Seton Hall University, JD Field of Study: Law
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA Field of Study: History

Classes Taught

  • SPHLW840
  • SPHLW850
  • SPHPH719


  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Miller EA, Huberfeld N, Jones DK. Pursuing Medicaid Block Grants with the Healthy Adult Opportunity Initiative: Dressing Up Old Ideas in New Clothes. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2021 04 01; 46(2):357-374. PMID: 32955558.

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  • Published on 1/11/2021

    Nicole Huberfeld, Paul R. Shafer. In Its First 100 Days, The Biden Administration Must Restore the Soul of Medicaid. Health Affairs Blog. 2021.

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  • Published on 12/28/2020

    Paul R. Shafer, Nicole Huberfeld. Health Care in the Biden Administration’s First 100 Days. JAMA Health Forum. 2020.

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  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Huberfeld N, Gordon SH, Jones DK. Federalism Complicates the Response to the COVID-19 Health and Economic Crisis: What Can Be Done? J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 12 01; 45(6):951-965. PMID: 32464666.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Huberfeld N, Watson S, Barkoff A. Struggle for the Soul of Medicaid. J Law Med Ethics. 2020 09; 48(3):429-433. PMID: 33021181.

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  • Published on 8/25/2020

    Nicole Huberfeld & Paul Shafer. THE CONVERSATION. While the US is reeling from COVID-19, the Trump administration is trying to take away health care. 2020.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Jones DK, Gordon SH, Huberfeld N. Have the ACA's Exchanges Succeeded? It's Complicated. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 08 01; 45(4):661-676. PMID: 32186335.

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  • Published on 6/8/2020

    Nicole Huberfeld & Michael Stein. The Hill. A straightforward solution to the newly uninsured. 2020.

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  • Published on 5/8/2020

    Paul R. Shafer, Nicole Huberfeld, Ezra Golberstein. Medicaid Retroactive Eligibility Waivers Will Leave Thousands Responsible For Coronavirus Treatment Costs. Health Affairs Blog. 2020.

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  • Published on 5/8/2020

    Sarah H. Gordon, David K. Jones, Nicole Huberfeld. What Federalism Means for the US Coronavirus Disease 2019 Response. JAMA Health Forum. 2020.

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