Helaine I. Fingold is a senior counsel in the health care and life sciences practice in the Baltimore office of Epstein Becker Green. Fingold has an extensive resume of over 20 years of broad health law and regulatory experience including working in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
What inspired you to enter the field of health care law?
“Through an exchange program my junior year of high school, I lived with a family in Sweden and learned about their health care and social welfare systems. This led to my interest in health care and health insurance coverage.”
How does your educational background relate to your current role?
“During college, I studied anthropology and returned to Sweden during my senior year to conduct a field study on how the Swedish health care system addressed home health care for the elderly. I presented my findings in my honors thesis.”
“After working several years post college, I pursued my interest in health care policy by getting a law degree. I wanted to be involved in writing and interpreting the rules for health care coverage here.”
How has your education helped to further your career and contributed to your success?
“Through my career to-date, I have moved between ‘policy’ and ‘lawyer’ jobs, with ‘lawyer’ jobs being those which require a law degree. I’ve been out of law school for nearly 24 years and have spent 20 of those years in federal government positions moving between these two kinds of jobs.”
What is some advice you can offer those looking to go into health care law or policy?
“For attorneys, seek out related government employment because health care policy decisions are made at these levels. Acquire actual experience from within government, it will make you a better job candidate.”
“For policy, many people enter this field with graduate degrees in areas such as policy, actuarial science, public health, nursing, pharmacy. A law degree is not required, but it does add flexibility to your options.”
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