This project is funded as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems” program, which seeks to build the evidence base on the potential effects of policies or policy changes intended to transform health. The goal of this project is to understand the scope of variation in primary care provider (PCP) response to work requirements and lead to the development of targeted guidance and other policy tools to improve PCP consistency and protect physician and patient welfare. The researchers will assess PCPs’ attitudes towards work requirements and the factors that shape their responses towards patients facing new work requirements in KY, IN, AR and NH in a mailed vignette-based survey experiment, and they will seek to understand how key stakeholders from the PCP community in KY, IN, AR and NH are engaged in work requirement implementation, including developing exemption procedures, through qualitative interviews. Deliverables will include a project work plan and final narrative and financial reports. The grantee will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication and present findings at national research meetings and to other stakeholder audiences as appropriate, including policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels, as part of the deliverables for this grant.

Principal Investigator 

Schmidt, Harald

Harald Schmidt, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor - University of Pennsylvania

Harald Schmidt PhD, MA, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and a... Read Bio

Grant Number: 76037

Grant Period: 12/01/2018 – 11/30/19

Budget: $150,000 


Variability in Primary Care Physician Attitudes Toward Medicaid Work Requirement Exemption Requests Made by Patients With Depression
JAMA Health Forum | October 2021

Implementation of Medicaid Work Requirements: Physicians’ Willingness to Assist with Exemptions for Vulnerable Populations
AcademyHealth National Health Policy Research Conference | February 2020