Allison Hoffman

Visiting Professor of Law and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow

(spring term)


Allison Hoffman is a Visiting Professor of Law and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow, as well as a Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Hoffman’s work 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 Medicaid and long-term care. 

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J.D., Yale Law School, 2004
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1998

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Allison Hoffman is a Visiting Professor of Law and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow, as well as a Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Hoffman’s work 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 Medicaid and long-term care. Her research aims to bring greater descriptive and analytical clarity to the purposes of health regulation and how it both reflects and shapes our views on distributing risk. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law (2017), the most comprehensive review of U.S. health law in the post-ACA era.

Hoffman was awarded the 2018 Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her classes include Health Care Law and Policy, Torts, and Health Insurance and Reform. She is Chair Emeritus of the Insurance Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Hoffman graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and from Yale Law School. Professor Hoffman has extensive work experience in the health care industry. She practiced health law at Ropes & Gray, LLP and advised health care companies on business strategy as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and The Bridgespan Group.  From 2010-2017, Hoffman was a member of the UCLA School of Law faculty and, prior to that, was a fellow at Harvard’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.

Hoffman’s current project, “Health Care’s Market Bureaucracy” critiques the overinfluence of economic theory and market-based policies on the modern development of health care regulation. She argues that these policies have proven inefficient and extremely bureaucratic, producing exactly the opposite as promised, and that the next era of health care regulation must rest on stronger footing. Hoffman has published dozens of articles in leading law reviews and peer reviewed health law, health policy, and medical journals. Her expertise and scholarship have been recognized in Tax Notes as employee benefits law review article of the year, cited by the D.C. Circuit, and featured in policy briefs by the Rand Corporation and the Leonard Davis Institute and in various national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Morningstar, CNBC, the New York Daily News, and Marketplace by American Public Media.