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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

August 2019

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly expanded access to health insurance and health care, but some states have benefited from the law far more than others. States that haven’t expanded Medicaid eligibility or worked hard to enroll eligible residents in marketplace coverage, for example, have achieved fewer gains in coverage than states that have. According to a new Commonwealth Fund report, that’s largely because of the way the ACA splits responsibility for implementing its reforms between the federal government and the states. And debate over federal and state roles in health care going forward is likely to be prominent in the 2020 presidential campaign.

August 2019

A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief provides the latest data on Medicaid and work at a time when more than a dozen states are pursuing work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, including three states that have had their waivers to implement work requirements set aside by a federal court.

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