Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, J.D., is an Emeritus Professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Jost is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a consumer liaison representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioner. He is coauthor of a casebook, Health Law, used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law, and of a treatise and hornbook by the same name. He is also the author of Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement; Health Care Coverage Determinations: An International Comparative Study; Disentitlement? The Threats Facing our Public Health Care Programs and a Rights-Based Response, and Readings in Comparative Health Law and Bioethics.


Jost is a contributing editor at Health Affairs and a frequent contributor to Health Affairs Blog. He has also written numerous articles and book chapters on health care regulation and comparative health law, including monographs on legal issues in health care reform for Georgetown’s O’Neill Center, the Fresh Thinking Project, the National Academy of Social Insurance and National Academy of Public Administration, and the New America Foundation and Urban Institute.


Recent Posts by Timothy Jost

House Republicans Tweak AHCA Again; CBO Scores Earlier Changes

It is now reported that the full House will vote on the American Health Care Act on Friday, March 24. Late on March 23, a further manager’s amendment was offered, apparently to pick up more Republican votes. CBO updated its score for AHCA, reflecting earlier changes but not the latest tweaks.

Essential Health Benefits: What Could Their Elimination Mean?

In the effort to pass the American Health Care Act, House Republicans are looking to eliminate the requirement that health insurers cover “essential health benefits” (EHB). What are EHB and what would be the consequences of removing this requirement?

The New Line On The HHS Blog; Suit For Federal Money Owed CO-OP Dismissed

For the past nearly seven years, the HHS blog has regularly highlighted the achievements of the Affordable Care Act. With the change in administrations, the change in the HHS blog has been dramatic. Additionally, a judge dismissed a suit for federal money allegedly due an ACA CO-OP.

What’s In The Manager’s Amendment To AHCA?

On March 20, 2017, the Republican House leadership released a manager’s amendment to the American Health Care Act. This amendment is intended to respond to critics of the original AHCA from the right and middle. It is less clear that it responds to concerns raised by the CBO report on AHCA.

March 21, 2017Following the ACA

Marketplace Enrollment Down From Last Year Following Post-Trump Inauguration Drop-Off (Updated)

A total of 12.2 million people selected or were automatically enrolled in marketplace plans during the 2017 ACA open enrollment period, reflecting a late-January enrollment slowdown. And the IRS temporarily waived employer penalties connected with a notice about a new health care financing vehicle.

CBO Projects Coverage Losses, Cost Savings From AHCA; Administration Signals Flexibility To Governors On Waivers

On March 13, CBO scored the House GOP leadership’s American Health Care Act, finding that there would be 24 million more uninsured people by 2026 under AHCA. Also, HHS Secretary Tom Price wrote to the governors setting out a flexible approach to the ACA section 1332 state innovation waiver program.

A Closer Look: House GOP Bills On Stop-Loss Coverage, Wellness Programs, And Association Health Plans

A House panel advanced three health care bills on March 8. The House may pass these bills in conjunction with the American Health Care Act, but they are not part of AHCA, which is moving through the House under budget reconciliation rules. They therefore cannot pass the Senate without 60 votes.

ACA Round-Up: Repeal And Replace, Additional Legislation, And Risk-Corridor Litigation

As House GOP “repeal and replace” legislation moved through the chamber, a House Committee approved bills on stop-loss coverage, health information collection by wellness programs, and association health plans. Meanwhile, a court declined to dismiss an insurer’s claim for risk corridor payments.

March 10, 2017Following the ACA

Reports Address Costs Of ACA, IRS Record In Processing Premium Tax Credits

CBO Director Hall stated that in 2017 the gross cost of the ACA’s insurance coverage provisions was projected to be $214 billion in 2019, but that they are now projected to cost $148 billion. In addition, the Treasury Inspector General reported on IRS processing of premium tax credits.

Examining The House Republican ACA Repeal And Replace Legislation

On March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership introduced Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement budget reconciliation bills in the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce) committees. This post examines the bills, collectively titled the American Health Care Act,