Magda Schaler-Haynes is Senior Advisor at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General based in the Division of Consumer Affairs. She focuses on health policy across regulatory, legislative, and litigation platforms. She previously 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 Health 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 Commissions on Brain Injury Research and Spinal Cord Research. Prior to her appointment, she led the Health Care Transition Team for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Magda currently holds joint adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia Law School and at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where she has taught since 2008. Her courses include: Reproductive Rights and Practices (with Professor Carol Sanger); Public Health Law; and Money, Politics and Law: Abortion and Public Health. Previously, as an independent consultant, Schaler-Haynes provided strategic services to diverse clients on high stakes policy issues ranging from payer claims databases to 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 2015, Schaler-Haynes served on the staff of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) as Special Advisor for health care and women's issues. She served as Senior Health Policy Advisor at the New York State Insurance Department until 2011 where she managed health reform activities related to New York's initial insurance exchange establishment, expanded state health insurance rate review, and pursued multi-agency policy initiatives promoting access to health care. Magda began her career as an associate in the Health Care Department at the Proskauer 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
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).