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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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May 2018

To date, 12 states have proposed conducting demonstrations that add work requirements to Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has so far approved Section 1115 waiver proposals from Kentucky, Indiana, and Arkansas. Among other restrictions on coverage, these demonstrations would tie Medicaid benefits to a minimum work requirement (typically 80 hours per month). This policy brief from the Commonwealth Fund address questions that arise concerning how implementation of these requirements would affect poor older adults, many of whom have chronic medical conditions.

April 2018

This brief from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation provides an overview of the steps that Massachusetts has taken to establish a functioning insurance market that provides consumers with meaningful access to health coverage.

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