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Online ACA Marketplaces: the Value of Consumer Experience Assessments


June 17th, 2014

The first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ended with larger than anticipated enrollment in qualified private health plans and Medicaid. The strong showing occurred despite early and, in many cases, persistent problems with the stability, load capacity, and performance of online state-based Marketplaces and HealthCare.gov, the federal website used by states […]

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Making Community Health Centers “Providers of Choice”—Two Foundations in California Fund a Study of the Safety Net’s Readiness for the ACA


June 11th, 2014

Community health centers (CHCs) have long been a centerpiece of the health care safety net, providing an array of primary care services for low-income and uninsured populations. These organizations will continue to serve a critical role for the millions of people who remain uninsured after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the ACA […]

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How Foundations Are Helping Veterans and Military Service Members and Their Families: Some Examples


June 6th, 2014

If you have been following recent news reports, you’ve heard about the allegations that veterans have not been getting the health care that they need. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, not wanting to be a distraction, resigned on May 30, according to a statement by President Obama. Sloan D. Gibson is now acting secretary. […]

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Medicaid Health Homes: Early Lessons From State Adopters Outlined


May 15th, 2014

In March 2014 the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) published the brief, “Seizing the Opportunity: Early Medicaid Health Home Lessons.” With support from the New York State Health Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health, the CHCS looked at best practices and implementation lessons from states that have been early adopters of health homes. […]

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New in the Journal: “Foundation Support for Mental Health” GrantWatch column


May 8th, 2014

May is Mental Health Month, according to a Mental Health America press release. So, the newest GrantWatch column serendipitously came out just at the right time! In the just-released May 2014 issue of Health Affairs, my GrantWatch column (free access) mentions examples of foundations that have been trying to improve mental health care around the […]

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Nominee for HHS Secretary Has Had High-Level Jobs at Two Foundations


April 15th, 2014

On Friday, following President Obama’s announcement of health and human services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s resignation, he nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell as her replacement. Now director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the Obama administration, Burwell is no stranger to philanthropy as the New York Times and the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy […]

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Health Care and Domestic Violence: A Prescription for Prevention


April 8th, 2014

Have you ever filled out a questionnaire at the doctor’s office that asks if you’re a smoker, how many drinks you have per week, or if there’s a history of high cholesterol in your family? Chances are good that you have. What you may not have seen is a question that asks if you feel […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Medicaid, ACA, TB, Environmental Health, Infection Control, and More


April 7th, 2014

“Colorado Joins States Making Continuous Care for Kids a Priority,” Cody Belzley of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, March 12, on the Colorado Trust’s CommunityConnections blog. In this post, Belzley describes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) approval of Colorado’s decision to give children on Medicaid “continuous eligibility” for twelve months regardless of any […]

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Now That Open Enrollment Is Over, What Can Foundations Do?


April 1st, 2014

March 31 marked the official end of the first open-enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At national and state levels, there will be judgments about the successes and failures, and hopefully, some reaping of lessons learned for the next go-round, which starts in November. Many organizations such as mine, […]

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Elevating the Role of the Medical Assistant


March 3rd, 2014

The Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and our Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), an operating arm of the foundation, are transforming primary care—equipping practices with the resources necessary to reduce waste and inefficiency, improve workflows, implement and meaningfully use electronic health records, and treat complex patients with both physical and behavioral health conditions. True transformation […]

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A World of Darkness: What If Thomas Edison Had to Write Grant Proposals to Invent the Light Bulb?


February 18th, 2014

Editors’ Notes:  This is the first in an occasional series of posts published in partnership with Grantmakers in Health (GIH). Visit its website for other updates about the field of health philanthropy. This post by Jeffrey Brenner is also available on the GIH website. As Thomas Edison began to write his grant report he cringed. Despite trying over 2,000 different materials […]

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California’s Low Income Health Program: A Public-Private Partnership That Worked


February 14th, 2014

Amidst all of the criticism surrounding early implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there was, in fact, a bright spot. As soon as the ACA was signed into law, California developed a landmark initiative known as the Low Income Health Program (LIHP). The program would go on to provide more than 660,000 low-income residents […]

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David Blumenthal on ACA Dates That Matter


January 3rd, 2014

David Blumenthal is president of the Commonwealth Fund. This is a slightly revised version of his blog post that orginally was published on December 23 on The Commonwealth Fund Blog. Confusion about Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadlines is rampant. That’s because there are lots of them and they keep changing. The fact is that some of […]

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People Post: News of Personnel Changes, Awards in the Foundation World, including Big News from the Gates Foundation


December 23rd, 2013

Happy Holidays to all from GrantWatch Blog! Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, has been named to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s board of directors. Passport is a “local nonprofit community-based health plan administering Kentucky Medicaid benefits.” A certified public accountant, Carter “has a broad range of experience in all aspects of health care […]

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Making New York the Healthiest State: A Population Health Summit


December 12th, 2013

In early December, the New York State Health Foundation and the New York State Department of Health cosponsored a summit focused on improving population health, with the title, “Making New York the Healthiest State: Achieving the Triple Aim.” We had hoped to convince a critical mass of health sector leaders to come together for a […]

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What Will the ACA Mean for Children’s Coverage?


December 4th, 2013

Working with state and national advocacy organizations as well as the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), several national foundations are aiming to shape the answer to this question. While most eyes are focused on the prize of coverage for adults, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies are continuing their […]

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Rockefeller Foundation Gives Award to Elton John; California HealthCare Foundation Project on Twitter and the ACA


November 7th, 2013

I am blogging about two unrelated topics today that caught my eye. The Rockefeller Foundation conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on Sir Elton John on October 30. The foundation presented the well-known singer with this award “for his contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with the disease,” according to a foundation press […]

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Foundations and Health Reform: Tidbits from the Grantmakers In Health Fall Forum


November 6th, 2013

On October 24, I attended the annual fall meeting of Grantmakers In Health (GIH), an organization of foundations that fund in health-related areas. Held in downtown Washington, D.C., the meeting attracted foundation staffers from all over the country and good speakers. Following is a small sampling of what I heard. Readers: GIH requested that I not […]

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Getting the Word Out about New York State’s Health Plan Marketplace: One Foundation’s Experience


October 1st, 2013

Well-known singer Billy Joel may have written a song about being in a “New York State of Mind” years ago, but today state officials are hoping that more than one million uninsured New Yorkers will soon be in “NY State of Health,” the state’s official health plan marketplace (exchange) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

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Support across Party Lines for Expanding Services of Nurse Practitioners to Patients: One Finding of TCWF-Field Health Policy Poll


September 19th, 2013

This post’s headline is just one result from The 2013 California Wellness Foundation-Field Health Policy Poll, a statewide poll of California registered voters released in three reports over three days in August. This is the seventh year that the foundation has been funding the survey, which has included questions on key health policy issues. Since […]

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