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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.

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July 2016

This article on the Health Affairs Blog gives a refresher on the Affordable Care Act's hospital community benefit provision, and discusses keeping it relevant for philanthropy. "If community benefit contains the grant making and program administration conducted by nonprofit hospitals, then the community health needs assessment is best understood as the data and findings that serve as the precursor to the strategic plan for those activities."

July 2016

According to a new Commonwealth Fund study, low-income adults who qualify for expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but live in states that have not increased eligibility for the program are at risk of paying higher out-of-pocket costs and receiving less comprehensive insurance coverage. “This report suggests that by expanding Medicaid, states can reduce financial burdens and improve access for their poorest residents,” said Sara Collins, The Commonwealth Fund’s Vice President for Health Care Coverage and Access.

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