Roby was the former director (2012-2014) of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the Center, where he helped developed the Center's capacity for analysis of Medicaid claims data, Medicaid waiver evaluation, and conducting confidential data analyses and surveys. He served as the associate director of the MPH Program from 2010-2012. Prior to becoming the director of Health Economics and Evaluation Research, he was a senior researcher at the Center from 2003 to 2011.
Roby graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in geography and a minor in public policy. He earned his doctoral degree in public policy from The George Washington University.
According to Dylan Roby, PhD, an associate professor of health, society and behavior at the University of California Irvine Program in Public Health, the system would be built on a fee-for-service model, similar to Medicare.
Advocates have argued that the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on gaps in care and the disparities based on race, ethnicity, income, and location.
A single-payer system would eliminate costly premiums, copays, and deductibles, which would help close gaps and expand access to care to all.
Roby, who has co-authored multiple analyses exploring the costs and potential issues with AB-1400, says several issues would need to be worked out for the system to succeed.