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Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) Commences Study of the Affordable Care Act and the Employment of People with Disabilities

February 27, 2017

Researchers at the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) have begun a unique study of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The $2.5 million grant project will examine, over the course of five years, how the ACA affects the employment of people with disabilities. It will look at: (1) whether the ACA allows people with disabilities to gain better quality insurance, and (2) how it affects independent living, access to services employment, and other factors. It is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Jae Kennedy, professor and chair of Washington State University’s Department of Health Policy and Administration, stated that they wanted to focus on working-age people because they are typically the population that relies on employer-provided insurance. People with chronic conditions were often unable to obtain individual insurance before the establishment of the ACA.

For more information, read CHRIL’s announcement of the study.