Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL)

The CHRIL research activities are organized into 5 discrete but complementary research projects. Two projects collect original data on health insurance consumers with disabilities and on Centers for Independent Living (CIL) administrators, and three projects use large publicly-available population health surveys. These projects will complement an ongoing program of dissemination and utilization, training, and technical assistance. IHDPS researchers oversee CHRIL Research Project 1, health insurance outcomes for working-age consumers with disabilities. 

The hypothesis posed by CHRIL Project 1 is: coverage expansions under the ACA will have a positive effect on the health, function, quality of life and community participation of working-age adults with disabilities. Project 1 will directly assess consumer-reported experiences before and after ACA implementation. In Year 1, the project will use data from the nationally-representative Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) to understand baseline conditions for people with disabilities just prior to and shortly after ACA implementation. In years 2 and 4, the project will conduct interviews with consumers to gain a richer understanding of their individual experiences. In years 3 and 5, the project will conduct original consumer surveys to better assess longer-term experiences and outcomes. This project will document the experiences of working-age adults with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining health insurance, and identify the impact of insurance on access, health and function. It will provide near “real-time” insights on the lived consequences of health reform during and after ACA implementation, and will also inform other CHRIL research projects and KT activities.

KU Researchers are currently recruiting participants for interviews and surveys. For more information and to sign-up to be contacted please visit:


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Jean P. Hall, Ph.D. - Co-Principal Investigator

Noelle K. Kurth, M.S - Assistant Researcher Senior

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