Faculty Profiles

Allison Hoffman

Allison Hoffman

Professor of Law
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1998
J.D., Yale, 2004
UCLA Faculty Since 2010

Allison Hoffman, an expert on health care law and policy, is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. 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 long-term care.

She is a Faculty Associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Vice Chair of the Insurance Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Hoffman was a visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School in Fall 2015. She currently teaches classes on Health Care Law and Policy, Torts, and a seminar on Health Insurance and Reform. Her most recent work proposes a fundamental shift in social policy on long-term care.

Professor Hoffman graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and from Yale Law School, where she was Submissions Editor for the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. Professor Hoffman has extensive experience working as a lawyer and business consultant in the health care industry. She practiced law at Ropes & Gray, LLP, where she counseled clients on health care regulatory matters. She has also provided strategic business advice to health care companies as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and The Bridgespan Group. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, she was a fellow at Harvard’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.

Professor Hoffman and her research have been featured on Jotwell, twice recognized in Tax Notes as a notable employee benefits law review article of the year, cited by the D.C. Circuit, featured in a policy brief by Rand Corporation, and cited in articles by various media outlets, including The Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Morningstar, CNBC, the New York Daily News, and Marketplace by American Public Media.

Professor Hoffman’s research explores the role of regulation and the welfare state in promoting health and wellbeing. Her writing examines how regulation both reflects and shapes different conceptions of risk and responsibility.

Recent articles include: "Reimagining the Risk of Long-Term Care," 16 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics (2016); "What Health Reform Reveals About American Health Law," in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law (Cohen, Hoffman, & Sage, eds. Oxford University Press) (2016); "Health Care Spending and Financial Security after the Affordable Care Act," 92 North Carolina Law Review 101 (2014); "An Optimist’s Take on the Decline of Small-Employer Health Insurance," 98 Iowa Law Review Bulletin 113 (2013); and "Three Models of Health Insurance: The Conceptual Pluralism of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," 159 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1873 (2011). She is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law with I. Glenn Cohen and William M. Sage (forthcoming 2016).