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Access to Coverage: A Continued Focus in Uncertain Times

A few short years ago, Minnesota celebrated an all-time low rate of uninsurance. Through the collective effort of navigators, nonprofits, state agencies, health care institutions, and funders across the state, the rate plummeted from 8.2 percent in 2013 to 4.3 percent in 2015.

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Foundations Helping Consumers Find Their Way

Health foundations have long supported the essential work that connects consumers to health insurance coverage. After the passage of the ACA, foundations put that experience to work to promote consumer awareness and uptake of the new coverage options.

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Reflections On Public-Private Collaborations In Rural Health

Since 2013 annual rural health meetings have become an invaluable forum for discussing how aligned efforts between the federal government and philanthropy can yield better outcomes for communities. Participants gained an increased understanding of the collaborative, sometimes underpublicized, yet often significant work of rural funders—both public and private—and their grantees.

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Issue Focus by Ann McMillan

COVID-19: Foundations Help Rural Communities Respond and Recover

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing disparities in vulnerable rural communities, which place the 46 million Americans in rural geographies in a particularly precarious situation. In the spring of 2020, Grantmakers In Health reached out to several funders engaged in this work to better understand their perspectives on rural response and recovery and to share those examples with the broader field to assist funders as they determine future needs and strategies in rural areas.

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Blue Shield of California Foundation Commits $6.8 Million to Support Californians Hit Hardest by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blue Shield of California Foundation today announced $6.8 million in grants to help Californians who, due to economic insecurity, heightened risk of domestic violence, or fear due to immigration status, face the greatest health risks in the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in these grants is also $1M to help launch the California Immigrant Resilience Fund, a…

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NYSHealth Commits $2 Million for COVID-19 Response Efforts

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has committed $2 million in funding to support COVID-19 response and relief efforts throughout New York State. Grants will include contributions to numerous regional response funds, as well as support for statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic….

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Issue Focus by Ann McMillan

Telehealth: Connecting People to Care

Whether because of geographic distance in rural areas, being homebound at a residence, a shortage of health care professionals, or lack of transportation, there are a variety of reasons why a consumer might not be able to connect to their health care. Much work has been done to develop solutions to those problems, particularly using approaches that transcend traditional clinical models. Telehealth is one such solution that is gaining traction at an ever-increasing rate.

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Reflections On Public-Private Collaborations In Rural Health

Since 2013 annual rural health meetings have become an invaluable forum for discussing how aligned efforts between the federal government and philanthropy can yield better outcomes for communities. Participants gained an increased understanding of the collaborative, sometimes underpublicized, yet often significant work of rural funders—both public and private—and their grantees.

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Expanding Access—Mobile Health and Telehealth

Expanding Access—Mobile Health and Telehealth

In September, I delivered a keynote speech at the Annual Mobile Health Clinic Conference of the Mobile Healthcare Association, and the occasion was an opportunity for me to learn more about the contributions of mobile clinics to population health and the delivery of safety-net services.

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Tackling the Challenge of American Health Coverage

Tackling the Challenge of American Health Coverage

Foundations deserve tremendous credit for helping millions of families in America obtain basic access to health care. It started with children. Soon after Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Kennedy (D-MA) passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, foundations across America helped policymakers develop and implement innovative strategies to enroll eligible children.

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Tennessee Reveals $7.9B Plan To Shift Medicaid Into Controversial Block Grant System

In this roundup of news articles, Kaiser Health News covers the latest in Medicaid waiver proposals: shifting Medicaid to a block grant system via administration regulation rather than legislative change. Advocates warn against the harmful affects to consumers upon such a change.

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Farming the Road: Working with Rural Communities

Farming the Road: Working with Rural Communities

Farming the road is a mindset that closes that thousand-mile gap in the Eisenhower quote and allows funders to fully support rural communities as equal partners in the quest toward better health and brighter futures.

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