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KFF Introduces Health Policy 101—A Primer on U.S. Health Policy

KFF launched a new resource —the Health Policy 101 — an online resource or mini “textbook” about health policy for faculty and students. Drew Altman felt the need for a resource like this ages ago, when he was at MIT writing a book on health care regulation and needed a reference with real detail on public programs and health costs. It took a while to produce it but now it’s ready!

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CMS Announces an $500 Million Funding Opportunity to Increase ACA Outreach and Enrollment Efforts

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of $500 million in grants over the next five years to increase the number of organizations who help people enroll in health coverage through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) on HealthCare.gov. This is the largest funding allocation CMS has made available for Navigator grants to date.

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Ensuring Access to Care: Why Sustaining California’s Health Workforce Investments Matters

California’s shortage of health workers threatens people’s ability to access the care they need to live healthy lives. In response, state policymakers have taken significant steps over the past five years to expand and diversify the health workforce by funding various programs to recruit, educate, train, and retain health workers. However, as the state deals with substantial budget challenges, it is critical that these investments be sustained.

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The Road Less Traveled: Integrative Medicine and U.S. Health

The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world, but it is far from the healthiest. It is clearly time to re-evaluate and look for innovation and systemic changes in mindsets and health care practice. A deeper understanding and integration of the principles and practices of complementary and alternative health care systems offers some significant opportunities for change.

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Nonprofit Competition in the Health Insurance Exchange: Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans

When the Affordable Care Act was passed, Section 1332 established the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program, which offers a consumer-friendly, high-quality nonprofit competitor to provide affordable insurance products to the small employers and individuals that will be served by the health insurance exchanges.

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Coming Soon? The Ongoing Effort to Promote Better Depression Services in Primary Care

Depression is one of the most common disabling and debilitating health conditions in the United States and internationally. To ensure better depression care for older patients, The John A. Hartford Foundation has advocated for the Improving Mood–Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT) model as the standard approach to the delivery of mental health services in primary care.

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Integrating Health Services for People with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Care for people with co-occurring conditions remains terribly fragmented. Three separate systems exist—health, mental health, and substance use services— to care for each individual problem, each one with its own set of norms, culture, regulations, reimbursement process, and accountability.

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Dental Hub and Spoke Project Links Kansans in Underserved Areas to Dental Care

Kansas, like many states with a vast rural geography, has substantial areas with little or no access to oral health services. Studies of the Kansas dental workforce show 93 of 105 counties do not have enough dentists to serve their population.  

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Making the Connection with HIT

Health information technology (HIT) is now widely regarded as a promising tool for improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of the health care delivery system – largely due to a major influx of federal funding and the Affordable Care Act. Despite its newfound prominence, the benefits of HIT were only championed by a small cadre of health care professionals a mere six year ago.

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Publications and Reports

Tracking the Field: Health Workforce Strategies

2024 Survey Summary: Health Workforce Strategies

Concerns about the supply, diversity, cultural responsiveness, geographic distribution, and safety of the health workforce have reached a critical level across the country. Philanthropy has a role to play in maximizing the health workforce to achieve patient safety, provider well-being, equitable access, care quality, and improved health outcomes. Therefore, GIH recently conducted a survey to learn about funders’ strategies related to their health workforce investments.

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Funder Support for Health Care Transformation

This infographic summarizes the responses to a Grantmakers In Health funder poll, conducted October 2022, on how philanthropy is supporting health care transformation efforts, especially those concerned with improving quality of life, coordinating complex care, and taking patient preferences into account.

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Aligning Efforts to Achieve Equitable Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health and Well-Being for Children and Youth

This report issues a call to action for philanthropic organizations and public-sector partners that are ready to move forward in improving mental, emotional, and behavioral health. It describes existing philanthropic and federal initiatives and offers a potential portfolio of aligned strategies for private- and public-sector partners to consider.

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