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King v. Burwell: Foundations Fund Analyses and Publish Viewpoints


March 3rd, 2015

As the US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments tomorrow in yet another case about the Affordable Care Act, a few foundations have funded analyses and published commentaries about this controversial case. If you haven’t been following the build-up to this case, I would suggest this March 2 New York Times article, “Lawyer Put […]

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The Gates Foundation Makes a “Big Bet for the Future” of Health and Development in Low-Income Countries


March 2nd, 2015

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, who cochair the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sent out a novel Annual Letter for 2015 that lays out an optimistic scenario for significant and rapid improvements in global health and development over the next fifteen years. The Gates Foundation Annual Letter typically offers a reflection on the foundation’s successes […]

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Supporting Efforts to Advance Adult Dental Coverage and Access in Medicaid


February 26th, 2015

While comprehensive dental coverage is a required benefit for children served by Medicaid, the same is not true for adults. Dental benefits are optional for adults enrolled in Medicaid, and dental coverage is often among the first programs to be trimmed in tight fiscal times—most recently, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) made such a proposal. […]

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Health System Lessons from Grantmakers In Health’s Trip to Cuba


February 24th, 2015

This post is adapted from an article originally published in the February 16 issue of GIH (Grantmakers In Health’s) Bulletin. This January, some members of Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH’s) board and senior staff visited Havana, Cuba, with MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), an organization licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to conduct […]

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What Funders Can Do to Advance Payment Reform


February 17th, 2015

The movement to transform how we pay health care providers has taken a dramatic turn in the past several years as more and more purchasers, providers, and other stakeholders seek financial incentives to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care and enhance population health. While most purchasers and health care organizations are still paying providers on a fee-for-service […]

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New in the Journal: Funders’ Support for Palliative and End-of-Life Care


February 12th, 2015

My February 2015 GrantWatch column (free access) focuses on examples of what philanthropic foundations around the country are funding in palliative and end-of-life care. GrantWatch is Health Affairs journal’s section on health philanthropy. I try to delineate for readers what is the difference between the terms “hospice” and “palliative care,” which people sometimes confuse. I […]

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People Post: News of Staffers at Foundations around the United States. Job Openings


February 6th, 2015

Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, vice president of communications at the California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), will retire from the foundation in February. Her last day is February 6. She has been with Cal Wellness since 1996. She plans to spend more time with her son and to continue “her leadership in autism advocacy,” according to an […]

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Making Local Community Health a Financial Imperative in Maryland


February 4th, 2015

When former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill coined the phrase “all politics is local,” he knew that successful politicians addressed the everyday “kitchen-table” concerns of voters. Health care policy changes at the national and state levels have dramatically changed how Americans get insurance coverage and how health care is financed and delivered across the […]

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During the Affordable Care Act’s Second Open Enrollment Period, Foundations Reach Out


January 30th, 2015

With the current tax-filing season upon us now and the need for people to learn about reporting their compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate, it is good to see what foundations are doing to educate people about the law, or what some call Obamacare, in general. Here are a few examples of […]

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Foundations Look at Electronic Cigarettes


January 26th, 2015

On January 22, the New England Journal of Medicine published a letter titled “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols.” It reports on a chemical analysis of vapor from e-cigarettes “that shows high levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen,” the journal says on its website. “The authors project that the associated incremental lifetime risk of cancer could […]

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New in the Journal: Public Health in America: How Foundations Are Contributing; Other PH News


January 21st, 2015

My January 2015 GrantWatch column (free access) focuses on public health and what a variety of foundations around the country are doing to improve it. GrantWatch is Health Affairs journal’s section on health philanthropy. One section of the column is on education—with examples of foundations funding public health schools and, in one instance, professorships. The […]

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The Next Frontier in Self-Management for Chronic Illness: Pediatrics


January 14th, 2015

It is well established that patients with chronic conditions account for the majority of health care costs in the United States; this is true for children as well as adults. One successful approach to reducing those costs is enhancing patients’ or their caregivers’ self-management skills, a practice that is widely accepted in the care of […]

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David Colby of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Retiring This Week


December 31st, 2014

David C. Colby, long-time staffer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is retiring at the end of 2014, according to an e-mail he sent out to colleagues. He reminisced about what he had been working on over a nearly seventeen-year run at the large and well-known health foundation. This includes guiding the RWJF’s health […]

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Global Health, Health Reform, Mental Health, and More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up


December 23rd, 2014

For your holiday reading, here is a potpourri of foundation blog posts that caught my eye. Global Health “A Major Milestone in the Fight Against Malaria,” by Alan Magill of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on its Impatient Optimists blog, December 10. The World Health Organization recently announced significant reductions since 2000 in the […]

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New in the Journal: A System of Care for Children in Underserved Atlanta Neighborhoods


December 18th, 2014

The GrantWatch section of Health Affairs’ December 2014 thematic issue on children’s health contains “Healthy Beginnings: A System of Care for Children in Atlanta,” by Ryan Chao of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in Baltimore; Susan Bertonaschi of the foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site in Atlanta; and Julie Gazmararian of Emory University Rollins School of Public […]

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Peterson Foundation Announces $200 Million Commitment for Its New Center on Healthcare


December 11th, 2014

Gail R. Wilensky is the senior fellow at Project HOPE and a member of the Peterson Center on Healthcare’s Advisory Board. On December 4, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, created by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation with an initial commitment of $200 million, announced three major initiatives to advance its objective of transforming health care […]

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Improving the Accuracy of Wikipedia’s Medical Information


December 9th, 2014

Editor’s Note: On December 11, because of an editing error, a sentence in the ninth paragraph of this post was corrected to make clear that the $176,670 grant to Consumers Union was awarded by the New York State Health Foundation, not the ABIM Foundation. Every day, at every hour, billions of people go online for […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff Member News


December 4th, 2014

Ginny Ehrlich joined the staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in July 2014 as director and senior program officer of its Childhood Obesity team. Most recently, she was founding CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which is part of the Clinton Foundation and is “focused on reducing preventable deaths and closing health […]

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Can Philanthropy Tackle Congressional Dysfunction? Grantmakers In Health Wanted to Know


November 25th, 2014

On November 6, Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, spoke at the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Fall Forum. He is a chief architect of Hewlett’s nascent Madison Initiative, which aspires to help restore room in Congress for the kind of negotiation and compromise that is necessary for […]

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Funding Social and Economic Interventions to Improve Health: Health Legacy Foundation Strategies


November 24th, 2014

Nearly $1 billion in grant funding is awarded each year by health legacy foundations (which some call “conversion foundations”). These foundations are formed with proceeds from mergers and acquisitions of nonprofit health care entities and currently operate in forty-three states across the country. At least 306 of these foundations have been established over the past […]

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