Allison K. Hoffman, JD

Professor, Law, Law School

Allison K. Hoffman, an expert on health care law and policy, is a Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She previously was on faculty at UCLA School of Law faculty (2010-2017) and was a visiting faculty member at Yale Law School (2019). Professor 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.

Professor 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.

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. Professor Hoffman scholarship is published in leading law reviews and peer reviewed health law, health policy, and medical journals. Her expertise and scholarship have been recognized in Tax Notes, 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, Vox, PolitiFact, the New York Daily News, and Marketplace by American Public Media.