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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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January 2018

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on September 30, 2017. CHIP covers nearly 9 million children in working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford or access private coverage. This fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides an overview of state plans for CHIP as they grow closer to exhausting federal funds amid continued delay of Congressional action to extend funding.

January 2018

This report, published by the Urban Institute and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, describes the work requirements in several social safety net programs (TANF, SNAP, Federal Housing Assistance Programs, and Medicaid) and discusses the available evidence on the results of such programs. The authors also present information on Medicaid waiver requests currently under consideration at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would include work requirements and highlights key questions for consideration when assessing the use of work requirements in safety net programs.

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