The Rx Foundation and The Donaghue Foundation are co-funding a survey that will contribute to the evaluation of Kentucky HEALTH, a new program approved under Medicaid waiver policy. The work is led by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Kristin Underhill, JD, PhD, of Columbia Law School.
The program, called Kentucky HEALTH, requires that enrollees engage in a minimum of 80 hours a month of work, education or volunteer activities; make a contribution to cover the premium cost regardless of their income level; and adhere to tighter timeframes for redetermination of eligibility if coverage is lapsed. Both funders are contributing half of the $270,000 two-year award.
Because the program was approved under the Medicaid waiver policy, Kentucky HEALTH is required to have an evaluation. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has contracted with the University of Pennsylvania to do this evaluation, which will include a randomized controlled trial. The Donaghue and Rx Foundation-funded survey will complement this evaluation by asking the general Kentucky population about their awareness, understanding, attitudes and beliefs about the new program. This study will go beyond existing research that has asked only broad questions related to support for personal responsibility and will compare differences between new Medicaid enrollees and the general population regarding the role of the state in health care and in beliefs, knowledge and support for the new program.
The Donaghue Foundation supports a diverse portfolio of research projects, from understanding the mechanisms of disease, to improving clinical treatments, to public health initiatives that prevent illness—all founded on excellent science.