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Health Reform

Health reform involves extending insurance coverage and restructuring the health care delivery system to focus on prevention and primary care, reduce costs, and improve quality. Foundations are well positioned to help by educating consumers, supporting state implementation, transforming the safety net, expanding the health care workforce, and supporting innovations for high-cost patients.

In 2010 GIH established the GIH Health Reform Resource Center Fund. The fund allows GIH to increase staff resources and programming in order to inform and connect funders sponsoring work related to health reform, and to provide sound, strategic, and actionable information to funders in a timely fashion.

Contact Ann McMillan for more information about our programming in this area.

What's New
  • Addressing the Financial Impact of Renewals: Why Many Enrollees Could Benefit from Shopping
    August 2014
    As the 2015 open enrollment period approaches, one of the most significant challenges faced by marketplaces stems from the complicated nature of premium subsidy calculations, which may lead to potentially large swings in consumers’ after-subsidy premiums and tax liability implications.
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  • Access to Primary and Preventive Health Care Across States Prior to the Coverage Expansions of the ACA
    August 2014
    Both health insurance and income have long been linked with access to primary and preventive care in the United States. In a new Commonwealth Fund issue brief, researchers show just how big a role these two factors played in each state prior to the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions—and how those reforms are likely to help people, regardless of income level, get the care they need to stay healthy.
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  • Missouri Foundation for Health Awards $4.5 Million in Grants
    August 2014
    The Missouri Foundation for Health has announced grants totaling $4.5 million to organizations that will assist consumers signing up for health insurance through the Missouri Marketplace during the fall enrollment period. Awarded through the foundation's Cover Missouri Coalition, the grants will enable organizations to provide in-person support for consumers looking to enroll in the state-run marketplace or the Small Business Health Options Program.
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Spotlight on Health Reform


Publications of Interest
  • Optimizing Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment through Collaboration, Technical Assistance, and Promotion
    August 2014
    By Morgan Hynd, Program Officer, and Alyson Cummings, Communications Officer, Maine Health Access Foundation
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  • Enrolling the Young Uninsured
    March 2014
    By Elizabeth Docteur, GIH

    From the outset, enrolling young and healthy adults in health insurance coverage was considered critical to the success of the ACA.
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  • ACA Outreach & Enrollment: Charging the First Hurdles
    December 2013
    by Elizabeth Docteur, GIH

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reached a key milestone in October 2013 with the launch of new health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges. The recently birthed marketplaces rely on coordination across a range of actors to implement a complex and interrelated set of functions, helping people assess their coverage options, determine their eligibility for public programs and subsidies, and enroll in plans. Many health grantmakers have directed resources to support outreach and enrollment initiatives, including efforts to inform and educate the public about new coverage opportunities.


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