Colin Planalp, MPA
Senior Research Fellow
Colin Planalp is a Senior Research Fellow at SHADAC, where he currently leads SHADAC’s work providing technical assistance to states that have received State Innovation Model (SIM) awards from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to transform their health care payment and delivery systems.
Since joining SHADAC in 2014, Mr. Planalp has conducted research and provided technical assistance to states and federal agencies on a variety of health policy topics. This research includes topics such as employer-sponsored health insurance and the evolving issue of health insurance churn, state choices in benefit design for Medicaid expansion via Section 1115 demonstration waiver populations, state Medicaid initatives to integrate behavioral and physical health, multi-payer quality measure alignment as a strategy for supporting health care payment reform, evaluating the impacts of Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and measuring the rapidly evolving national opioid crisis and other "deaths of dispair."
Mr. Planalp has more than 10 years of experience in health policy and health communications. Before joining SHADAC, he served in communications for the University of Missouri’s academic medical center in Columbia, MO. He holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.