Magda Schaler-Haynes

Magda Schaler-Haynes

Magda Schaler-Haynes

Magda Schaler-Haynes engages legislative, executive and judicial branches of government to promote evidence-based public policy.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management




Magda Schaler-Haynes holds joint appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. Her recent courses include Reproductive Rights and Practices (with Carol Sanger); Public Health Law; and Money, Politics and Law: Abortion and Public Health. Most recently, Schaler-Haynes served as the Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the New Jersey Department of Health. As a member of the senior leadership team, she oversaw the Department's broad policy portfolio, strategic planning efforts, the Office of Health Information Technology, the Office of Vital Statistics and Records, the Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism, the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research, and the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Prior to her service at the New Jersey Department of Health, she led the Health Care Transition Team for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and served as Amicus Manager for the Center for Reproductive Rights in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the successful U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Texas' abortion clinic shut down law. Until June of 2015, Ms. Schaler-Haynes served on the staff of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) as Special Advisor for health care and women's issues. Prior to that role, Schaler-Haynes served on New York's health reform team as Senior Health Policy Advisor at the New York State Insurance Department until 2011. There she managed state and federal health reform activities related to New York's initial health insurance exchange establishment, expanded state resources for health insurance rate review, and pursued multi-agency policy initiatives promoting access to quality, affordable health care. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Australian Health Policy Institute at the University of Sydney 2005-2006. Until 2005, Schaler-Haynes was an Associate in the Health Care Group at the Proskauer law firm in New York.



JD, 2001, Columbia Law School
MPH, 1998, Columbia University School of Public Health
BA, 1996, Brandeis University

Other Affiliations

Member, Curriculum Committee on Health Law, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2010-2011
Member, Honor Code Revision Committee, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2008-2009

Honors & Awards

John M. Olin Law and Economics Junior Fellow, Columbia Law School,1999-2000
Humane Studies Fellow, 1998-1999

Areas of Expertise

Gender Bias, Underserved Populations, Women's Health, Federal and State Relations, Health Law, Healthcare Insurance, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Reform, Healthcare Regulation, Public Health Infrastructure, State and Local Reform Models, Uninsured, Abortion, Contraception, Reproductive Rights

Select Urban Health Activities

Member, Health Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2006-2009
Member Ex-Officio, Health Care Cost Containment Subcommittee, Public Health Committee, New York State Bar Association, 2008-2009

Select Global Activities

Visiting Scholar, Australian Health Policy Institute, University of Sydney, March 2006-March 2007, Australia

Select Publications

Schaler-Haynes M. All Payer Claims Databases: Issues and Opportunities for Health Care Cost Transparency in New Jersey. Rutgers Center for State Health Policy Policy Brief (2013).
Schaler-Haynes M, Chesnokova A, Cox C, Feinstein M, Sussex A, Harris J. Abortion Coverage and Health Reform: Restrictions and Options for Exchange-Based Insurance Markets. 15 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change 324 (2012).
Oechsner TJ & Schaler-Haynes M. Keeping it Simple: Health Plan Benefit Standardization and Regulatory Choice Under the Affordable Care Act. 74 Albany Law Review 241 (2011).

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