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Allison K. Hoffman

Professor of Law

Allison Hoffman

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. Continue reading…


THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF U.S. HEALTH LAW (ed. with I. Glenn Cohen and William M. Sage, Oxford University Press 2017).
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Articles and Book Chapters

How Medicalization of Civil Rights Could Disappoint, 72 STAN. L. REV. ONLINE 165 (2020).

Long-Term Care Policy after Covid-19 — Solving the Nursing Home Crisis, 383 N. ENG. J MED. 903-05 (Sept. 3, 2020) (with Rachel M. Werner & Norma B. Coe).

The ACA's Choice Problem, 45(4) J. HEALTH POL. POL’Y & L. 501 (2020).

Health Care's Market Bureaucracy, 66 UCLA L. REV. 1926 (2019).

Health Law and Ethics, in HEALTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE (Susan Skochelak, ed., 2d ed. Elsevier 2019) (with William M. Sage, I. Glenn Cohen).

The American Pathology of Inequitable Access to Medical Care (2019 draft), in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF COMPARATIVE HEALTH LAW (David Orentlicher & Tamara Hervey, eds. 2020) (with Mark A. Hall).

The Ethics of Medicaid’s Work Requirements and Other Personal Responsibility Policies, JAMA VIEWPOINT, May 7, 2018 (with H. Schmidt)

Cost-Sharing Reductions, Technocratic Tinkering, and Market-Based Health Policy, 46 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 873 (2018).

Discrimination Risks of Alzheimer's as Support for Social Insurance for Long-Term Care, 46 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 499 (2018).

From the Technical to the Personal: Teaching and Learning Health Insurance Regulation and Reform, 61 ST. LOUIS U. L. J. 411 (2017) (with Whitney A. Brown and Lindsay Cutler).

What Health Reform Reveals About Health Law, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF U.S. HEALTH LAW (I. Glenn Cohen, Allison K. Hoffman, & William M. Sage, eds., Oxford 2017).

Reimagining the Risk of Long-Term Care, 16 YALE J. HEALTH POL'Y L. & ETHICS 147 (2016).

The Reverberating Risk of Long-Term Care, 15 YALE J. HEALTH POL'Y L. & ETHICS 57 (2015).

A Vision of an Emerging Right to Health Care in the U.S.: Expanding Health Care Equity through Legislative Reform, in THE RIGHT TO HEALTH AT THE PUBLIC/PRIVATE DIVIDE: A GLOBAL COMPARATIVE STUDY (ed. C. Flood & A. Gross, Cambridge 2014).

Health Care Spending and Financial Security after the Affordable Care Act, 92 N. C. L. REV. 1481 (2014)

An Optimist's Take on the Decline of Small-Employer Health Insurance, 98 IOWA L. REV. BULL. 113 (2013).

Retiree Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Spending: A Study of Consumer Expectations and Policy Implications, 39 AM. J. L. & MED. 62 (2013) (with Howell Jackson).

Three Models of Health Insurance: The Conceptual Pluralism of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 159 U. PA. L. REV. 1873 (2011)

Oil and Water: Mixing Individual Mandates, Fragmented Markets, and Health Reform, 36 AM. J. L. & MED. 7 (2010)

The Need for a Reduced Workweek in the United States, in PRECARIOUS WORK, WOMEN, AND THE NEW ECONOMY: THE CHALLENGE TO LEGAL NORMS (ed. J. Fudge & R. Owens, Hart 2006) (with V. Schultz).

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Working Papers

A Public Option for Employer Health Plans (February 17, 2021), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 21-12 (with Howell Jackson & Amy Monahan). (forthcoming)
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The Irony of Health Care’s Public Option (September 10, 2020), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-34; in DEBATING THE PUBLIC OPTION (Anne Alstott and Ganesh Sitaraman, eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). (forthcoming)
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Research Areas

  • Health Law and Policy
  • Financial Security
  • Insurance
  • Social Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Long-Term Care
  • Employee Benefits


  • Health Law
  • Health Law Reform
  • Torts

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