Magda Schaler-Haynes

Magda Schaler-Haynes

Magda Schaler-Haynes

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management


Magda Schaler-Haynes is an attorney and independent consultant specializing in health and social policy. She serves diverse clients and brings extensive public and private sector experience spanning legislative, regulatory and judicial matters. Her expertise includes constitutional law and public health, gender equality, health reform and health plan regulation. 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 all matters related to health care, public health and women's rights including: Affordable Care Act implementation; community outreach; communicable disease; health insurance access; pharmaceuticals; health care delivery systems; autism; disability and veteran's health; reproductive health care access; human rights; pay equity; economic opportunity and child care. Schaler-Haynes served as Senior Health Policy Advisor at the New York State Insurance Department until 2011 where 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. Schaler-Haynes was a Visiting Scholar at the Australian Health Policy Institute at the University of Sydney 2005-2006. Schaler-Haynes began her career as an associate in the Health Care Group at the Proskauer law firm in New York, where she represented numerous health care clients including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and physicians in litigation and regulatory matters.



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

Additional Affiliations

Member, Honor Code Revision Committee, Mailman School of Public Health, 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, Public Health Leadership and Management, 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

Select Global Activities

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

Select Publications

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 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change 15 324-387 2012

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