Nicole Huberfeld, JD

Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Health Law, Policy & Management
Nicole Huberfeld


Nicole Huberfeld is Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights 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


  • Seton Hall University, JD
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHLW840
  • SPHPH719


  • Published on 5/28/2020

    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 May 28. PMID: 32464666.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/11/2020

    Jones DK, Gordon SH, Huberfeld N. Have the ACA's Exchanges Succeeded? It's Complicated. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 Mar 11. PMID: 32186335.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/24/2019

    Rachel Sachs, Nicole Huberfeld. The Problematic Law and Policy Of Medicaid Block Grants. Health Affairs Blog. 2019.

  • Published on 7/8/2019

    Nicole Huberfeld. Texas v. U.S.: Another Day, Another Threat to the Affordable Care Act. American Constitution Society Blog. 2019.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    Huberfeld N. Epilogue: Health Care, Federalism, and Democratic Values. Am J Law Med. 2019 May; 45(2-3):247-252. PMID: 31722635.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Gluck AR, Huberfeld N. Health Care Federalism and Next Steps in Health Reform. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 2019; 46(4):841.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Huberfeld N. Harvard Law & Policy Review. Rural Health, Universality, and Legislative Targeting. 2019.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Huberfeld N, Mariner W, Annas G, Ulrich M. Public Health Law, 3rd Edition. Carolina Academic Press. Durham, NC. 2019.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Huberfeld N. Holes in the Safety Net: Federalism and Poverty. Federalism in Health Care Reform. Cambridge University Press. 2019; 197-214.

  • Published on 12/28/2018

    Huberfeld N. Stewart v Azar and the Purpose of Medicaid: Work as a Condition of Enrollment. Public Health Rep. 2019 Mar/Apr; 134(2):197-200. PMID: 30592901.

    Read at: PubMed

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