In 2018, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded eight grants to support studies examining states’ use of Section 1115 demonstration waivers to modify their Medicaid programs. The studies examine a range of issues related to the implementation and impact of Medicaid policy changes enacted under Section 1115 waivers, with the goal of generating timely evidence on states’ experiences to date. 

See below for descriptions of the 2018 Awarded Grants.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Behavioral Health-Focused 1115 Waivers: Implementation Lessons from Six States
Grantee Institution: University of Minnesota
Principal Investigators: Lynn Blewett, PhD, MPA
Grant Period: 12/1/18 – 8/15/19

Implementation Challenges to Addressing Housing Needs in Medicaid Demonstration Waivers   
Grantee Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Principal Investigators: Joel Cantor, ScD
Grant Period: 12/15/18 – 12/14/19

Using Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers to Increase Access to Substance Use Disorder Services: Experiences in Virginia and Maryland                   
Grantee Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Principal Investigators: Peter Cunningham, PhD
Grant Period: 1/1/19 – 12/31/19

Medicaid vs. Private Insurance for Near-Poor Adults: Wisconsin's Natural Experiment
Grantee Institution: University of Wisconsin
Principal Investigators: Marguerite Burns, PhD; Donna Friedsam, MPH
Grant Period: 12/1/18 – 11/30/19

Implementation of Medicaid Work Requirements: Factors Influencing Physicians' Willingness to Request Exemptions               
Grantee Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigators: Harald Schmidt, PhD                       
Grant Period: 12/1/2018 – 11/30/19

The Community Response to Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirements                             
Grantee Institution: University of New Hampshire  
Principal Investigators: Josephine Porter, MPH; Lucy Hodder, JD
Grant Period: 12/1/2018 – 8/1/2019

Using Health Information Exchange Data to Assess Disenrollment in Medicaid: Personal Responsibility and Health Care Utilization in Indiana                     
Grantee Institution: Indiana University
Principal Investigators: Justin Blackburn, PhD
Grant Period: 12/1/2018 – 11/30/19

Arkansas Works: Evolution and Implementation of New Medicaid Waiver Provisions                        
Grantee Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
Principal Investigators: Joseph Thompson, MD, MPH
Grant Period: 12/1/2018 – 11/30/19