John Jacobi

Professor John V. Jacobi

Dorothea Dix Professor of Health Law &Policy

  • Degrees:

  • J.D., Harvard Law School | B.A., State University College of New York at Buffalo
  • Contact:

  • [email protected]
  • Tel: 973-642-8952
  • SSRN Site link
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses:

  • Disability Law, Health Law, Health Finance, Health Care Fraud & Abuse, International & Comparative Health Law, Public Health Law, Torts I

Professor John Jacobi's work is primarily in the areas of Health, Finance, Insurance, and Access; Mental Health Law; and Disability Law.

Professor Jacobi received B.A., summa cum laude, from the State University College of New York at Buffalo and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He teaches in the areas of Health Law, Health Finance, Disability Law, Public Health Law, Mental Health Law, and Torts. Professor Jacobi spent five years working for the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate as Special Assistant to the Commissioner, where he worked on health, civil rights, and disability issues through litigation and advocacy in legislatures and regulatory agencies. He then became a Gibbons Fellow at the Gibbons firm, where he pursued health, prisoners’ rights, and disability issues. During 2007-2008 he was on leave from the law school, serving as Senior Associate Counsel to N.J. Governor Jon S. Corzine on Health, Human Services, and Children's Issues. He serves on the Board of the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, and the North Jersey Community Research Initiative, an HIV service organization.

Professor Jacobi serves as principal investigator on a number of grant-funded projects on topics including behavioral health integration, mental health parity, and health insurance reform. He writes and speaks on issues including disability rights, health access and finance, public health, and mental health. His recent and current scholarly projects include the application of the health reform law to the poor and people with disabilities, the implementation of mental health parity laws, state implementation of Medicaid and private health insurance reform, the improvement of chronic care in health systems, the funding and structure of services for children with disabilities, the obligations of government to provide services to people with serious mental illness, and the clash of disability rights and public health interests. He served on the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, the Board of Advisors of the New Jersey Office of Child Advocacy, the New Jersey Olmstead Advisory Council on disability rights, and on other government and non-profit boards and committees. He is a former Faculty Director of the Seton Hall law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law.



The Tools at Hand: Medicaid Payment Reform for People with Complex Medical Needs, 27 Ann. Health Law & Life Sciences (2018) (in press)

Medicaid, Managed Care, and the Mission for the Poor, 9 Saint Louis U.J. Health Law & Policy 187 (2016)

Mental Illness: Access and Freedom, 16 Houston J. Health Law & Policy (2016) (in press)

Health Insurer Market Behavior After the Affordable Care Act: Assessing the Need for Monitoring, Targeted Enforcement, and Regulatory Reform, 120 Penn State L. Rev. 109 (2015) (with Ragone and Greenwood)

Multiple Medicaid Missions: Targeting, Universalism, or Both?, 15 Yale J. Health Pol. Law, & Ethics 89 (2015)

Medicaid Evolution for the 21st Century, 102 Kentucky L. J. 357 (2014)

High Utilizers of ED Services: Lessons for System Reform, 20 Annals of Health Law 35 (2011)

Implementing Health Reform at the State Level: Access and Care for Vulnerable Populations, 39 J. Law, Medicine & Ethics 69 (2011) (with Watson and Restuccia)

Chronic Care and Prevention: Evolution in Practice and Finance, 12 Marquette Elder Advisors J. 33 (2010)

Professionalism and Protection: Disabled Lawyers and Ethical Practice, 69 U.Pittsburgh L. Rev. 567 (2008)

Reform with a Patient Focus, 37 Cumberland L. Rev. 437 (2007)

The Present and Future of Government-Funded Reinsurance, 51 St. Louis U. L. Rev. 369 (2007)

Consumer-Driven Health Care and the Chronically Ill, 38 Michigan J. Law Reform 531 (2005)

Dangerous Times for Medicaid, 33 J. Law, Medicine, & Ethics 834 (2005)

Government Reinsurance Programs and Consumer-Driven Care, 53 Buffalo L. Rev. 537 (2005)

Prison Health, Public Health: Obligations and Opportunities, , 31 Am. J. Law & Medicine 447 (2005)

After Managed Care: Gray Boxes, Tiers, and Consumerism, 47 St. Louis U. Law Rev. 397 (2003)

Federal Power, Segregation, and Mental Disability, 39 Hous. L. Rev. 1231 (2003)

Parity and Difference: The Value of Parity Legislation for the Seriously Mentally Ill, 29 Am. J. Law & Med. 185 (2003)

Competition Law’s Role in Health Care Quality, 11 Ann. Health L. 45 (2002)

Genetic Discrimination in a Time of False Hopes, 30 Fla. St. L. Rev. 363 (2002)

Prosecuting Police Misconduct, 2000 Wisc. L. Rev. 789 (2002)

Book Review: Lawrence O. Gostin, Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint, 31 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1089 (2001)

Quality Control, Enterprise Liability, and Disintermediation in Managed Care, 29 J. Law Medicine & Ethics 305 (2001) (with N. Huberfeld)

Medicaid Expansion and the Limits of Incremental Reform, 45 St. Louis U.L. Rev. 79 (2000)

Canaries in the Coal Mine: The Chronically Ill in Managed Care, 9 Health Matrix 79 (1999)

Fakers, Nuts and Federalism: Common Law in the Shadow of the ADA, 33 U. C. Davis L. Rev. 95 (1999)

The New Jersey Sexually Violent Predator Act: Analysis and Recommendations for the Treatment of Sex Offenders in New Jersey, 24 Seton Hall Leg. J. 1 (1999) (with Cornwell and Witt)

Mission and Markets in Health Care: Protecting Essential Community Providers, 75 Wash. U. L. Q. 1431 (1997)

Patients at a Loss: Protecting Health Care Consumers Through Data Driven Quality Assurance, 45 Kan. L. Rev. 705 (1997)

The Ends of Health Insurance, 30 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 311 (1997)

The Battered Woman as Reasonable Person: A Critique of the Appellate Division Decision in State v. McClain, 22 Seton Hall L. Rev. 365 (1992) (with Lawrence Lustberg)

Blood Testing for Prisoners: A Brief Reply, 20 Conn. L. Rev. 813 (1988) (with Catherine Hanssens)

Blood Testing for Prisoners: A Brief Reply, 20 Conn. L. Rev. 813 (1988) (with Catherine Hanssens)


Mental Health and other Behavioral Health Services, in Oxford Handbook of American health Law (Allison Hoffman, Glenn Cohen, and Bill Sage, Eds) (2016) (Oxford University Press) in press)


The Puzzle of Parity: Implementing Behavioral Health Parity, Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy (January 2017) (with Ragone)

Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health Care: Licensing and Reimbursement Barriers and Opportunities in New Jersey, Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy (2016) (with Ragone and Greenwood)

New Jersey’s Medicaid ACO Pilot Program: Moving Forward, Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy (2014)

The Sentinel Project: The ACA’s Marketplace Reforms and Access to Care, Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy (2014) (with Ragone and Greenwood)

New Jersey's Medicaid ACO Pilot Program, Past and Future: A Baseline Report, Seton Hall Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy (2013) (with Ragone and Greenwood)

Active or Passive: The Role of a New Jersey Health Insurance Exchange, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy and Seton Hall Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy (2012)

Implementing the Essential Health Benefits Requirement in New Jersey: Decision Points and Policy Issues, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy & Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy (2012) (with Ragone and Greenwood)

Health Insurance Exchanges: Governance Issues for New Jersey, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy and Seton Hall Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy (2011)


Full list of presentations available in Curriculum Vitae

LTSS Payment Reform: Integrating an Outlier, American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Loyola University Law School, Chicago Il (June 2019)

Coordinating Law and Coordinating Care: People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland Oh (June 2018)

Equality and Equity in Access to Long Term Services and Supports, Ny State Bar Ass’n, Elder Law and Special Needs Section, New York Ny (October 2018)

Integrated Approaches to Combatting the Opioid Crisis, Nj Department of Health Population Health Summit, Bridgewater Nj (June 2018)

The Tools at Hand: Payment Reform in Medicaid Managed Care for People with Complex Health Needs, Beazley Institute of Health Law & Policy Symposium on Health Care and Policy, Loyola University Chicago Law School, Chicago Il (November 2018)