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Jason Levitis
Senior Fellow
Health Policy Center
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  • Jason Levitis is a senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute and a nonresident senior fellow at Yale Law School’s Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy. He conducts research on health insurance policy and provides technical assistance to state health officials.

    Levitis’s research focuses on federal and state policies affecting private health coverage, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the intersection of health care and tax law. He has worked extensively on federal and state financing and regulation of private health coverage, health insurance subsidies, Section 1332 waivers, and interactions with federal tax law. He is deeply versed in operational issues and approaches to minimizing consumers’ administrative burdens.

    Levitis provides technical assistance to states through State Health and Value Strategies, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He helps state Marketplaces, insurance regulators, and Medicaid agencies navigate the federal health landscape and develop and implement options to meet their policy goals.

    Levitis served at the US Treasury Department from 2009 to 2017. He represented the Treasury on the interagency team that helped craft the ACA and later led the Treasury’s ACA implementation as counselor to the assistant secretary for tax policy. He also cochaired the interagency working group that stood up the Section 1332 waiver program.

    Levitis earned a BA in mathematics from Wesleyan University and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was co–editor in chief of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics.

    Research Areas
    Health and health care

    Outside Affiliations
    Yale Law School Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy
    Non-resident Senior Fellow

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