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The philanthropic community has examined access from many angles, seeking to break down barriers created by costs, culture, geography, system structure, and differing notions about who and what should be covered by both public and private insurance. In this era of health reform, GIH is working to inform and connect health funders who are interested in ensuring that vulnerable people with problems accessing the health care system are able to get the care they need.

Contact Ann McMillan for more information about our programming in this area.

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April 2017

Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) has released a new primer that offers guidance on why grantmakers should make investments in rural communities, how funders can get started, and where experienced funders see the greatest potential and need. "New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging," focuses on locating the right partners and grantees, early planning for program sustainability, defining and measuring success, and working creatively with government. The primer also contains several examples of successful programs and lays the groundwork for how working on rural aging issues can increase the impact of many different kinds of philanthropies.

April 2017

This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation states that Medicaid covers 74 million Americans and provides effective access to care for those vulnerable individuals. While the Medicaid program could be strengthened and improved, data shows that: most doctors accept new Medicaid patients, key measures are comparable to private insurance, and the enrolled self-report improvement in their health and quality of life.

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