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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

December 2017

With devastating force, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a category 4 storm, wreaking havoc on the island’s residents and its infrastructure. In the aftermath of the hurricane, with power and communications disrupted, the island’s health care system is struggling to recover. Community health centers are a critical part of the health care system—20 federally funded health centers provide primary and preventive care services at 93 urban and rural sites across the island. This update from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes how these health centers are working to rebuild, and the challenges that impede their recovery.

December 2017

The staff at Families is working overtime to try and stop the Tax Bill and its negative impact on health care. In that effort we have just posted the following fact sheet on the House and Senate tax proposals to reduce or eliminate taxpayers’ ability to deduct state and local taxes, including property and sales taxes, on their federal tax returns. This policy has a direct impact on state’s ability to fund Medicaid program.

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