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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.

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Spotlight on Health Reform


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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