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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.

Issue Spotlight

November 2018

This blog post from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) describes the Transitions Clinic Network, a national model of medical homes for people who recently have been incarcerated. The program employs a community health worker with a history of incarceration as part of the clinical team. CHCF is supporting the spread of the model in California, with up to 25 sites being accepted to participate.

November 2018

The Commonwealth Fund issued a new post on the recently proposed "public charge" rule in their "To The Point" series on health care policy and practice. A public charge is an individual considered dependent on the government for subsistence. This article describes the implications for Medicaid and immigrants enrolled in the program, as the proposal would radically expand the extent to which public benefits received by legal immigrants who are not yet citizens are used as evidence of public charge status. This status plays a role in determining admission into the United States, and adjusting legal residency to permanent “green card status.”

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