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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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August 2018

A new NYSHealth report examines the outcomes of two grants the Foundation made to maximize the opportunities to cover undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-eligible New Yorkers left behind by the Affordable Care Act's health insurance expansion. Without coverage, many of these immigrants would continue to turn to emergency rooms and public hospitals.

August 2018

This Health Affairs article explores several approaches to Medicaid expansion (implemented or proposed), based on a survey of low-income nonelderly residents in three Midwestern states. Authors find significantly higher rates of Medicaid coverage and lower uninsurance rates in Ohio, which underwent a traditional Medicaid expansion, compared to Kansas, a nonexpansion state. This project was supported by research grants from the Commonwealth Fund and the REACH Healthcare Foundation.

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