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A Postcard from California: Cal Wellness Foundation President on the ACA and the Foundation’s New Grants Program


October 29th, 2014

A few short months after I took the helm as The California Wellness Foundation’s president and CEO, the results of our eighth annual Cal Wellness/Field Health Policy Survey were released. I dug into the results to get a view of what Californians are thinking and feeling about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) implementation in our […]

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The RWJF Seeks Proposals for a New National Program: Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies


October 22nd, 2014

In its coverage work, in recent years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has prioritized grant making related to the implementation of health reform. Research we have funded in this area has focused largely on monitoring the impact of health reform on important outcomes such as coverage, access, and utilization. Many of these activities can be […]

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Foundation-Sponsored Policy Forum Explores Four Dimensions of Health System Change: Workforce, IT, Payment, and Quality Measurement


October 8th, 2014

Each year, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky convenes a health policy forum to explore ways that policy change can support innovations to improve population health and quality of care and to decrease care costs. On September 15 the 2014 Howard L. Bost Health Policy Forum, titled “Doing Care Differently: Journey to a Healthier Kentucky,” […]

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Community Health Workers Attend Statewide Convening Cosponsored by a Foundation


September 30th, 2014

The health system in the United States is undergoing transformative changes at the local, state, and national levels. A significant part of this change is the estimated 20 million-plus people that have gained health coverage, many for the first time, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In Kentucky, more than 520,000 people are newly insured […]

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Cigna Foundation and Nonprofit Aim to Revitalize Distressed Neighborhood: Community Development at Work


September 15th, 2014

The story begins with the failure of the economic engine—the relocation of a factory, perhaps, or the closure of a mine. Soon, joblessness, violence, and the deterioration of housing conditions follow. The impact on individual health levels can be devastating as rates of mental illness and substance abuse increase and more people do not manage […]

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Health Policy Fellows Program in a Southern State Helps to Inform Legislators


July 16th, 2014

The development of a nonpartisan program to help elected officials increase knowledge and dialogue around health, health care, and health policy issues has been well received in South Carolina. To take on the mammoth task of making policy decisions about state laws, regulations, budgets, etc., legislators must study a wide range of issues such as […]

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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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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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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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New Poverty and Philanthropy Report from the Urban Institute and JPB Foundation


January 8th, 2014

A new report, Addressing Deep and Persistent Poverty: A Framework for Philanthropic Planning and Investment, from the Urban Institute (funded by the JPB Foundation) looks at the history of US antipoverty policies, examines the concept of “deep poverty,” lists organizational approaches for addressing poverty in the United States, and provides foundations with recommended guidelines for […]

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Expanding the Health Care Workforce in the States; Clinics Partnering with the Community to Improve Diabetes Care


December 31st, 2013

Much of the work to improve access to high-quality care and reduce costs of care will occur in the states, according to the website of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a Merck Foundation national program. So the alliance and the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a webinar in November that discussed current state […]

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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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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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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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Peer Support Programs Offer a Golden Opportunity for Funders to Affect Delivery of Behavioral Health Services


October 30th, 2013

Funders searching for ways to improve the integration of health and behavioral health services may want to take a new look at an old idea— peer support. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, peer support is at the foundation of recovery. And “recovery” is a concept that is growing in […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff Comings and Goings; Job Openings


October 17th, 2013

It’s time for another People Post. Watch for more people news in my GrantWatch column in the December issue of Health Affairs. Ann Beeson, executive director of US programs at the Open Society Foundations from 2007 to 2011, is the new executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a “nonpartisan, nonprofit policy institute […]

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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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Four Foundation Leaders Make 100 Most Influential in Healthcare List in Modern Healthcare


September 17th, 2013

Modern Healthcare magazine recently published its 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2013 list. Read about the four leaders of foundations who are on this year’s list. Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, an operating foundation based in Menlo Park, California, came in at no. 32 (up from no. […]

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