Christine Eibner is the co-principal investigator on a SHARE-funded project about the costs and benefits of implementing an expansion of the Medicaid program. The project will focus on the effects of Medicaid expansion on (1) insurance coverage; (2) access to care and patterns of care-seeking behavior; and (3) health status, including mental health.
Eibner is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and director of RAND COMPARE, a project that uses economic modeling to predict how individuals and employers will respond to major health care policy changes. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Currently, she leads several projects related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including a study for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will assist state Medicaid programs with income counting and federal matching assistance percentage calculations, given changes set forth in the ACA.
Additional Professional Roles
Eibner's research has been published in major health policy journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She was recently featured in a panel discussion organized by The Wall Street Journal that considered employers' responses to the ACA. Previously, Eibner led projects for the U.S. Department of Labor to assess the implications of the ACA for employers. As part of this work, she evaluated the possibility that firms might strategically avoid regulation (e.g., by self-insuring). Eibner earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.