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. 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. 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

CBO Releases Report On Private Health Insurance Premiums And Federal Policy

The report examines the effects of federal subsidies, fees, and taxes; federal regulations; and actions taken by insurers on health insurance premiums. In particular it considers how the Affordable Care Act has affected health insurance premiums.

The Budget And Health Care: A Quick Rundown

The administration’s 2017 budget includes initiatives to increase access to mental health care, expand opioid abuse treatment, fight antibiotic resistance, combat the Zika virus, and fund a “cancer moonshot,” as well as provisions relating to the ACA, Medicare, and private insurance.

CMS Releases Form And Rate Filing Instructions For Five States, Quality Rating System Guidance

On February 5, 2016, CMS released 2017 form and rate filing instructions for insurers in five states. And in late January, HHS released updated guidance on the quality rating system (QRS) and enrollee satisfaction survey process.

CMS Announces New Special Enrollment Period, Student Health Plan Guidance (Updated)

CMS has recognized a new special enrollment period for consumers who are without marketplace coverage because of their failure to file their taxes and reconcile advance premium tax credits for 2014. The agency also issued new guidance on premium reduction arrangements for student health plans.

The 2016 Open Enrollment Tally: 12.7 Million Selected Plans, 1 Million More Than 2015

CMS has released its final enrollment snapshot for the 2016 open enrollment period which ended on January 31. Overall, 12.7 million individuals selected plans in 2016 through HealthCare.gov and the state-operated marketplaces, up 1 million from 2015, though the numbers are not truly comparable.

New CMS Guidance Regarding CO-OPs And CLAS Data And Additional Enrollment Updates

CMS recently issued a couple of guidances affecting insurers issuing coverage under the Affordable Care Act. CMS also released some information about the final days of open enrollment.

CBO Lowers Marketplace Enrollment Projections, Increases Medicaid Growth Projections (Updated)

On January 25, 2016, the CBO released The Budget and Economic Outlook, 2016 to 2026, projecting that 13 million---significantly lower than CBO previously estimated---will be covered through the marketplaces for 2016.

CMS Releases Final 2017 Actuarial Value Calculator And Methodology, 2016 Enrollment Updates

CMS released the Final 2017 Actuarial Value Calculator and Methodology and the HHS ASPE released another report on 2016 HealthCare.gov enrollment.

After Insurer Complaints, Small Steps To Toughen Special Enrollment Period Eligibility (Update)

On January 11, 2016, CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt announced that CMS would be taking action to clarify and limit SEPs that might be open to abuse. On January 19, 2016, specific actions toward this end were announced by Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan.

Reconciliation Of Advance Payment Of Cost-Sharing Reductions (Updated)

On January 15, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published at its REGTAP.info website (registration required) a Draft Manual for Reconciliation of Advance Payment of Cost-Sharing Reductions for Benefit Years 2014 and 2015.