Magda Schaler-Haynes is the Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the New Jersey Department of Health. With over 20 years of experience in health law, politics and multi-disciplinary social policy, Schaler-Haynes' expertise includes constitutional law and public health, reproductive health policy, health reform and health plan regulation. Her recent work includes leading the Health Care Transition Team for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and serving 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. In that role, her portfolio involved health care delivery systems, public health; Affordable Care Act implementation; community outreach; communicable disease; autism; disability and veteran's health; reproductive health care access; human rights; pay equity; economic opportunity and child care. Schaler-Haynes served on New York's health reform team as Senior Health Policy Advisor at the New York State Insurance Department until 2011. 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
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
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).