Jost Publishes New Health Reform Analyses

Lexington, VA Thursday, July 15, 2010

Prof. Timothy S. Jost
Washington and Lee Law Professor Timothy S. Jost, one of the nation's leading health law experts, has published several new analyses of the health reform legislations and its likely impacts as implementation gets underway.

At the Health Affairs Blog, Jost focuses on the costs and benefits of a new provision added to the Affordable Care Act that requires group health plans and health insurers to cover specific preventive care services without patient cost-sharing obligations, such as copayments. Read the Article.

At the Kaiser Health News site, Jost explains the role the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) will play in coordinating state regulatory efforts with regards to health reform implementation. Jost was recently appointed as a consumer representative to the group. Read the Article.

Jost has also authored a paper available at the website of the Commonwealth Fund, which earlier this year awarded Jost and two colleagues a nearly $300,000 grant to research health reform implementation issues. In the paper, Jost looks at the history of health insurance exchanges, organized markets for the purchase of comparable health insurance plans, and explains how the problems with earlier attempts to create health exchanges can be avoided. Read the Article. (PDF Format)

Jost has been a fixture of the health care reform debate since it began in earnest last June. The author of numerous books and articles on health policy, including the nation's leading casebook on the subject of health law, Jost first drew the attention of policy makers and the media for his comparative health system research and analysis of early failed health co-op systems. Whether the subject was so-called "death panels," the timing of legislative triggers, the function of health exchanges, potential constitutional challenges to a health care mandate, or provisions regarding federal funding of abortion, Jost has been a frequent commentator in the print and broadcast media. Jost authored numerous substantive articles and opinion pieces exploring confusing facets of the various versions of the health legislation in an attempt to make this complex issue accessible to everyday Americans.

Timothy S. Jost is the Robert L. Willett Family Professorship of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a co-author of the 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 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. His most recent book is Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement from Duke University Press.

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