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Allison Hoffman

Allison K. Hoffman

Professor of Law; Deputy Dean

Allison K. Hoffman, an expert on health care law and policy, examines some of the most important legal and social issues of our time, including health insurance regulation, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and retiree healthcare expenses, and long-term care.

Her research aims to bring greater descriptive and analytical clarity to the purposes of health care and health insurance regulation and policy design. Her writing appears in top law reviews and peer reviewed medical and health policy journals. Hoffman co-edited the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law with I. Glenn Cohen and William M. Sage, which offers the most comprehensive review of U.S. health law in the post-ACA era.

She is a frequent media commentator on issues of health law and policy. Her opinion writing has appeared in The Hill, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post, as well as in various blogs. She was awarded the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017-18.

Hoffman’s current projects evaluate the adoption of a public health insurance option for employer health plans, consider the future of long-term care and end of life care policies and regulation especially in light of the impact of COVID-19, and critique how economic theory has overly shaped the development of health law and policy. She is also co-authoring a 3rd Edition of The Politics of Medicare with Theodore R. Marmor. 

Before joining the faculty at Penn Carey Law, Hoffman was on the faculty at the UCLA School of Law and was a Petrie-Flom fellow at Harvard Law School. She also practiced health care law at Ropes and Gray and was a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group and the Boston Consulting Group.