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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, reducing costs, and improving 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, which allows GIH to increase staff resources and programming in order to inform and connect funders supporting work related to health reform.

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

Issue Spotlight

October 2016

Researchers from the Commonwealth Fund surveyed low-income adults in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas in 2015 to determine how frequent changes in health insurance coverage, or “churning,” affects their care. Churning rates were found to be similar across the three states, despite their different approaches to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

September 2016

In a new Commonwealth Fund brief, New York University’s Sherry Glied and colleagues examine how out-of-pocket cost-sharing expenses and spending on premiums changed between 2013 and 2014 for people with incomes above the Medicaid eligibility threshold. They find that the net effect of the ACA’s marketplace insurance subsidies, reduced cost-sharing, out-of-pocket limits, and other insurer regulations has been to reduce the number of people facing substantial cost for their health care.

Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    November 18, 2016 3:00 pm

    Thirty-one states have expanded Medicaid eligibility as outlined in the Affordable Care Act. This third strategic conversation in a series will discuss a new tool designed to track or project the impact of expansion on state budgets.

  • Webinar
    December 19, 2016 3:00 pm

    Thirty-one states have expanded Medicaid eligibility as outlined in the Affordable Care Act. This fourth strategic conversation in a series will examine the various ways states have structured their expansions, offering lessons for potential future expansions in the 19 remaining states.

  • Meeting
    June 21, 2017 • Boston, Massachusetts - Sheraton Boston

    Mark your calendar for GIH's 2017 annual conference: Lead, Listen, Inspire

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