Ensuring Access to Affordable Health Care

Monday, December 9, 2019


Third-year student Jose Rivera has used his organizing skills and legal expertise to promote affordable health care since graduating from college. Right before enrolling into Boyd Law, he worked as a consultant for Organizing for Action. In this role, Jose collaborated with partners and volunteers to host rallies, phone banks, and other activities tailored towards persuading Nevada’s Congressional Delegation to oppose the multiple attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And during the 2019 state legislative session, Jose externed with the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus, helping with Assemblywoman Dina Neal’s bill to expand dental care for Medicaid patients with diabetes and Senator Yvanna Cancela’s bill to create a prescription drug pricing council. Upon graduating next May, Jose would like to work in government affairs.


Jose has dived into the Health Law Program’s curriculum to complete a Health Law Concentration. He already has taken Healthcare Fraud and Abuse, Public Health Law, and Disability Law. Next semester, he will be taking Health Care Quality and Liability Regulation, HIPAA Privacy, Health Law Legislation, and Public Health Policy Integrating Theory & Practice.


Jose grew up in Las Vegas and earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration at UNLV. During his undergraduate years, he interned in Washington, DC with U.S. Senator Harry Reid and completed his practicum at Sunrise Hospital’s regulatory compliance department. While on Capitol Hill, Jose was exposed to the federal legislative process and attended Congressional Hearings on a number of policy areas. While at Sunrise he worked with the regulatory compliance department to assure that the hospital maintained its Joint Commission accreditation standards.