From 1997 to 2003, the Oregon Health Policy Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University conducted an independent evaluation of five demonstration projects in three states designed to implement and evaluate state efforts to remove barriers to employment for disabled people by increasing access to health care through Medicaid and Medicare as people become employed.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Building Health Systems for People with Chronic Illnesses national program.
The demonstration projects were conducted by:
The evaluation posited three assumptions:
George Washington University Medical Center also contributed to this project by supporting activities designed to build momentum toward a national movement.
Preliminary findings (reported by the evaluation team in November 2001; the evaluation will not be finished until November 2003) challenge all of the initial research assumptions.