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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
  • Health Care Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act—A Progress Report
    July 2014
    In a New England Journal of Medicine “Health Policy Report,” The Commonwealth Fund’s David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., and Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., assess the ACA’s record to date and discuss enrollment not only through the marketplaces but also through the other critical vehicles used by the law to extend coverage.
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  • Increase in Medicaid under the ACA Reduces Uninsurance
    July 2014
    Early research indicates the drop in the number of uninsured Americans is largely due to increased enrollment in Medicaid. According to the Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS), between September 2013 and early March 2014, the number of uninsured people fell by an estimated 5.4 million, while the number of adults covered by Medicaid grew by approximately 3.6 million. The HRMS is conducted quarterly by Urban Institute researchers, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Ford Foundation.
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  • Measuring Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment Progress Under the ACA
    July 2014
    A new brief by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute assesses how reported changes in enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP during this period compare with changes in Medicaid/CHIP enrollment projected by the end of 2016 by the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model (HIPSM).
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Spotlight on Health Reform
  • Health Care Innovation Awards
    July 2014
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced new prospective awardees to test innovative care models, bringing the total amount of funding to as much as $360 million for 39 recipients spanning 27 states and the District of Columbia. These models are designed to deliver better health care and lower costs under the Health Care Innovation Awards program.
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  • Outreach and Enrollment Learning Community - August Access Restricted
    With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GIH is convening a learning community for funders who are currently supporting ACA outreach and enrollment efforts.

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Publications of Interest
  • 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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  • Oregon's 1115 Medicaid Demonstration: New Partnerships to Power Up a Transformed System of Care
    November 2013
    By Steve Lesky, Program Officer, Cambia Health Foundation
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