Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Health Care Independence Program 1115 Waiver Evaluation

The federal section 1115 demonstration waiver that Arkansas received to implement the Health Care Independence Program (Private Option) requires that an evaluation be conducted to determine the impact of this new coverage strategy.  In February, 2014, working with the Arkansas Department of Human Service’s Medicaid Office, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) submitted an evaluation proposal.  The proposal was accepted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and ACHI has undertaken this work with research support from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and an advisory team of national experts.

As required by DHHS, the evaluation has been designed to examine the program’s cost effectiveness and ability to provide equal or better access to health care, care outcomes, and continuity of care compared to what would have been accomplished through expansion via the traditional Medicaid fee-for-service system over time.

Members of the national advisory team for this project are:

Timothy Carey, MD, MPH
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sara Rosenbaum, JD
Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, American Heart Association National Center

Darrell J. Gaskin, PhD
Deputy Director, Center for Health Disparities Solutions, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Daniel Polsky, PhD

 Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania 



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Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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