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Mark Hall, J.D. - Wake Forest University. Winston-Salem, NC, US

Mark Hall, J.D. Mark Hall, J.D.

Professor of Law | Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC, UNITED STATES

Hall is an expert on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid reform, and health care policy. He can also help you understand your medical bills.


As a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Center of Health Policy, Mark Hall is a leading expert in health care law, public policy, and bioethics. As the director of the Health Law and Policy program at Wake Forest School of Law, Hall can discuss health care reform, access to care by the uninsured, insurance regulations, and even surprises in your medical bills. With numerous scholarly contributions in the form of books, articles, casebooks, and major studies, Hall has been named the No. 2 most-cited professor in the area of health law, according to Brian Leiter’s 2018 Scholarly Impact Ranking.

He regularly consults with government officials, foundations, and think tanks about health care public policy issues. Hall is faculty researcher with Wake Forest Medical School as well as a professor with the University’s MBA program and graduate program in Bioethics.

Areas of Expertise (16)

Health Law


Health Care Law

Public Policy

Insurance Law and Regulations

Health Care Access

Affordable Care Act


American Health Care Act


Medicaid Expansion


Medical Bills

Medical Billing

Health Insurance

Public Health





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Education (2)

University of Chicago: J.D., Law 1981

Middle Tennessee State University: B.A., Philosophy and English

Affiliations (8)

  • American Law Institute
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • American Society of Law
  • AcademyHealth
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Brookings Institution
  • Institute of Medicine
  • Oxford Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Media Appearances (5)

Clock Ticks as States Respond to Labor Dept. Health Rule

Bloomberg BNA  


States have less than a month to figure out how they’ll regulate a new version of small-business health plans--called association health plans--formed under a new Labor Department regulation. Some states are ahead of the curve.

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As an Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ E.R. Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back

The New York Times  


Nearly every state has a similar standard. But the definition of the rule may be a little murky, said Mark Hall, a professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law, who studied the state laws in 2004. So far, state insurance commissioners have received some complaints about the Anthem policy, but no enforcement actions have been taken. Anthem says it follows the standard.

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Do States Regret Expanding Medicaid? Not Really

The State of Things  


Medicaid opponents have called expansion a “proven disaster” for state budgets, asserting that states who expanded the program regret doing so. A new analysis from health policy expert Mark Hall argues otherwise. Hall is the director of the health law and policy program at Wake Forest University School of Law.

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Why the ‘raid’ of Trump’s former doctor isn’t just a funny sideshow

The Washington Post  


Harold Bornstein has the visage of an aged hippie and the demeanor of one of history's great curmudgeons. As a character in the Trump era, Trump's longtime doctor may be without compare. And now that he has accused Trump's aides of a “raid” of Trump's medical records that left him feeling “raped,” the temptation is to trivialize the whole thing.

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Skimpy Coverage Concern Takes Center Stage in Health Rule Debate

Bloomberg BNA  


The final DOL rule should include language that mandates minimum benefits and that doesn’t necessarily have to be the essential benefits under the ACA, Mark A. Hall told Bloomberg Law. Hall is professor of law and director of the health law and policy program at Wake Forest University.

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Articles (5)

Stabilizing and strengthening the individual health insurance market: A view from ten states The Brookings Institution


Market stabilization is currently the most critical regulatory challenge that public policy officials face under the private insurance component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Prior to the ACA, states had largely failed in their efforts to improve and reform their individual (non-group) health insurance markets.

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Do States Regret Expanding Medicaid Reform? The Brookings Institution


Now that Congressional efforts to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have abated, the 18 states that have not expanded Medicaid can consider whether to do so going forward.

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States have already tried Trump’s health-care order. It went badly. The Washington Post


Like many appealing ideas, this one, proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has hidden land mines that are already well-mapped out based on previous failed attempts to enact them, even in Paul's home state of Kentucky.

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A Study of Affordable Care Act Competitiveness in North Carolina Wake Forest Health Law and Policy


Despite having lower overall health care costs than national averages and group premiums near the national average, premiums for Affordable Care Act (ACA) nongroup coverage in North Carolina are the highest in the continental United States.

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Can Medicaid help (North Carolina) military veterans? Wake Forest Health Law and Policy


Medicaid is a program funded by federal and state government that provides health insurance to the neediest people in North Carolina. However, due to funding restrictions, Medicaid currently covers fewer than half of people in poverty.

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