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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 2019

This Urban Institute study, funded by the Commonwealth Fund, analyzes eight health care reforms and their potential effects on health insurance coverage and spending. Each of the analyzed reform proposals makes health insurance considerably more affordable by reducing people’s premiums and cost sharing. Some reforms also reduce US health care costs, and all require additional federal dollars.

October 2019

According to a new Commonwealth Fund–supported survey by Harvard researchers, nearly half of Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid haven’t heard anything about the state’s plans for a work requirement. According to study authors, 97 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries surveyed in Kentucky already meet the proposed rules — either by working 20 hours a week, conducting other activities like job search or training, or being eligible for an exemption like a disability.

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