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Foundation Blog Round-Up: Health Reform and More



May 21st, 2010
by Lee-Lee Prina

Here are some posts of interest on other health philanthropy blogs.

Health Reform:

Cali[fornia] Urged to Start Early on New Health Insurance Exchange: This May 12 post reports on remarks of Jon Kingsdale, executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (Massachusetts’s insurance exchange), at a joint hearing of the California Senate and Assembly health committees. California Health Report blog is part of HealthyCal.org, “an independent, non-profit journalism project supported with initial funding from the California Endowment.” Daniel Weintraub is editor and director of HealthyCal.org.

In Healthcare Reform Opportunities, by Pat O’Connor, vice president and chief operating officer of the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati (Ohio), she notes that foundation staffers “abstracted some key provisions affecting consumers and providers” from some Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports. She then makes some useful observations regarding the “many quality of care and cost containment provisions” that are included in the new federal health reform law. For example, “quality and cost are linked” in several efforts, she points out. O’Connor’s post is on one of the three blogs of the Health Foundation, which funds in selected areas of Ohio and Kentucky.

On the Colorado Trust’s Healthy Connections Blog, guest blogger Lorez Meinhold, senior health policy analyst, Office of Gov. Bill Ritter (D), wrote on May 12 about Implementing Health Reform in Colorado. She is Colorado’s director of health reform implementation.

Chris Langston, program director of the John A. Hartford Foundation, titles his April 29 post, I Support Health Care Reform. . . but I Worry. The Hartford Foundation’s blog is called healthAGEnda—an apropos title as the foundation is “dedicated to improving health care for older Americans.”

Leaving This Health Reform Thread, Now, by Minna Jung, is the final post of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) Users’ Guide to the Health Reform Galaxy blog and is dated May 14. (Read more on this topic below.) Meanwhile, not to worry: Galaxy posts remain on the foundation’s Web site, and the RWJF has another blog called Pioneering Ideas.

A May 14 post, Local Policymakers Step Up for Colorado’s Health, on the Colorado Health Foundation’s Health Relay blog, reports that “though state lawmakers let Congress take the lead on sweeping health care reform, legislators advanced a number of important measures that are consistent with the Foundation’s goals of improving health, health care and health coverage.” Vanessa Hannemann, a public policy officer at the foundation, wrote this post.

Related item:

I also mention here Health Reform: Bye-Bye Galaxy, by Joanne Kenen. She discusses the discontinuance of the RWJF’s blog called The Users’ Guide to the Health Reform Galaxy. She mentions the Galaxy blog’s “useful” Health Reformer’s Lexicon feature. Kenan posts on The New Health Dialogue, a blog from the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program. New America is a “nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute.”

Foundation News:

CEO Message to Grant Seekers: The Good and Some Ugly, a May 3 post on Bob’s Blog, by Bob Ross, president and chief executive officer of the California Endowment, has some “new guidance” for grantseekers who want to submit proposals to the endowment. Such proposals will be accepted starting on July 6, 2010. He announced that the issuance of this guidance “officially marks the implementation of [the endowment’s] 10-year, Building Healthy Communities plan for California.” Unfortunately, there is also some “tough news” that grantseekers may want to know about.

Funding Partnerships was posted on May 12 on the Reflect. Share. Blog. This is the blog of the Rasmuson Foundation, located in Anchorage, Alaska. The post mentions the value of funder collaboration and puts in a plug for the RWJF’s Local Funding Partnerships program; that national funder “is seeking out opportunities to collaborate with local funders, like Rasmuson,” the blog says.

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