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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 2018

This Kaiser Health News article describes reinsurance models being used in places such as in Alaska and Minnesota to prevent premium increases in the individual insurance marketplace. Insurance analysts say that state-based reinsurance programs are a potent mechanism to lower premiums, but not a panacea to address real health care system costs.

August 2018

This Health Affairs article by Families USA's Stan Down analyzes high and rising individual-market premiums, identifies how state or federal policymakers can help, and describes how to implement fixes that do not compromise pre-existing condition protections. This analysis also has implications for what policy makers should not do—namely, take steps that worsen the individual market’s risk pool, which further increase premiums.

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