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Allison K. Hoffman

Professor of Law

Allison Hoffman

Allison 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 regulation and to deepen our understanding of how health insurance design and regulation both reflects and shapes social consciousness around risk. Continue reading…


  • Health Law
  • Health Care Policy
  • Health Care Regulation
  • Insurance Law
  • Bioethics
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Regulated Industries
  • Social Welfare Law and Policy
  • Torts


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

Health Care's Market Bureaucracy (May 26, 2019), 66 UCLA L. REV. __ (2019), Penn Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper No. 19-28. (forthcoming)

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).

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

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).

More publications can be found here.

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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