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

Obama Administration Threads Needle In Risk Corridor Case Brief

In litigation filed by insurers, the Obama administration is not clearly defending Congress’ limitations on risk corridor payments, but neither is it refusing to defend the lawsuit, something that administrations have occasionally done in the past.

HHS Targets Young Adults In Efforts To Improve Marketplace Risk Pool

On June 21, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services released a fact sheet reporting on yet another series of efforts to strengthen and improve the sustainability of the Affordable Care Act marketplace risk pools, this time focusing on young adults.

CMS Expects To Reinsure 55.1 Percent Of Claims Between $45,000 And $250,000

On June 17, 2016, CMS announced that it is anticipating that available funds will allow it to reinsure insurers at a rate of 55.1 percent for enrollee claims exceeding $45,000, up to a cap of $250,000.

Alaska Reinsurance Plan Could Be Model For ACA Reform, Plus Other ACA Developments

The Alaska legislature passed a bill with a statute recreating the state's high-risk pool as a reinsurance fund. In other ACA news, New Mexico has issued a bulletin allowing insurers to cease cost-sharing reductions if the House succeeds in House v. Burwell, the IRS released further guidance...

Obama Administration Acts To Stabilize Marketplaces, Implement Expatriate Coverage Legislation (Updated)

On June 8, the federal departments tasked with implementing the Affordable Care Act released a barrage of regulatory issuances aimed at two major purposes: to stabilize the marketplace risk pool and to implement legislation governing expatriate health plans.

Parity ‘Warning Signs’ And An Employer Shared Responsibilty Estimator

On June 1, 2016, the departments of HHS and Labor issued a list of plan provisions identified as “warning signs” that should “trigger careful analysis” to determine if the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 has been violated.

The Sessions-Cassidy Bill: An ACA Alternative Spelled Out In Legislative Language

What's in the recently introduced "Healthcare Accessibility, Empowerment, and Liberty Act of 2016" and how does it compare to the ACA? Tim Jost provides a breakdown.

Congressional Risk Corridor Payout Limits Spawning Legal Difficulties (Updated)

Two lawsuits illustrate the legal difficulties for the administration created by Congress’ limiting of ACA “risk corridor” payments---made to insurers with high claims costs---to amounts contributed to the risk corridor program by insurers with low costs.

May 24, 2016Following the ACA

EEOC Rules Allow Significant Rewards, Penalties In Connection With Wellness Program Participation (Update)

New federal rules regarding the interaction of employer wellness programs with protections for people with disabilities and genetic information clarify the standards wellness programs must meet to be deemed voluntary.

Seeking Compromise, Supreme Court Remands Contraceptive Coverage Case To Lower Courts

On May 16, the Supreme Court sent Zubik v. Burwell back down to the lower courts in pursuit of a compromise regarding the accommodation of the religious objections of the petitioner nonprofit organizations to covering contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act’s preventive services mandate.