Ann Marie Marciarille joins the UMKC School of Law faculty as an associate professor specializing in health care law. Her research interests are in health care regulation and finance with particular interest in health care reform. Before joining the faculty, Marciarille was a health law attorney, including 10 years as a healthcare antitrust prosecutor for the California Attorney General’s office.
Marciarille is a summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where her studies were focused on public interest representation. She also holds a Masters in Theology, specializing in ethics, from Harvard Divinity School.
What attracted you to UMKC School of Law and Kansas City?
UMKC has a great deal to offer any health law teacher — a diverse and lively student body, a welcoming community of scholars, and a larger university replete with health care institutions.
This area of law is a new focus for UMKC. How will you help students understand its importance and relevancy?
The Supreme Court litigation over the Affordable Care Act has gone a long way toward sharpening student and citizen awareness of health law as a sub-field of litigation and as a subject of paramount national concern. I am hoping we can build on this momentum by engaging the law school in an ongoing discussion about the scope and pace of implementation of the ACA — the regulatory aspect of health law.
Any sector of the economy that registers as 16 percent of GDP should be of significance to every student and every citizen, whether or not they engage in the formal study of health law. We all need to think hard about how to control health care cost inflation or it will be our undoing as a nation.
What involvement from the community is helpful to making health law applicable?
The wider Kansas City community can enrich our understanding of Health Law in a number of ways. Reaching out, inside the university, to the health professions schools will enrich our understanding of provider perspectives on delivery system reform. Reaching out, through our clinics, to identify health law related problems will enrich our students as they prepare to become health system problem solvers for clients. Reaching out to insurers and employers as well as the Kansas City area health law bar will enable us to learn what kinds of health law issues are of paramount importance to them and where they are looking for legal assistance in navigating our health care system.
Tell me about your personal life – what do you like to do outside of work?
I am married to Brad DeLong, a professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Brad is visiting at the Kauffman Foundation in 2012-2013. We have two wonderful children, a son who is a recent graduate of Reed College and a daughter who has just completed her first year at Amherst College. We both prize time spent with family and friends.
I am also privileged to be a board member of a small non-profit organization, Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren of Ahero, Kenya, that works to support a basket-making micro-cooperative to help the grandmothers and great grandmothers of Ahero, Kenya raise over 150 AIDS-orphaned grandchildren and great grandchildren in a family-based village setting.
Finally, I like to explore and am looking forward to exploring Missouri.