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Foundations Provide Helping Hand as States Take Steps To Implement Health Reform Law

As states grapple with persistent budget strain, philanthropic organizations are stepping in to provide assistance with the implementation of the federal health reform law.

In California, the California Endowment provided $500,000 to help the state plan a Medicaid “health home” initiative. The Blue Shield of California Foundation hired experts to help the state plan for various health reform initiatives and the California HealthCare Foundation hired a consultant to help the state apply for a federal grant for its health benefit exchange. CHCF publishes California Healthline.

In a California Healthline Special Report by Deirdre Kennedy, experts discussed how foundations are helping states carry out activities related to the health reform law.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Richard Figueroa, program manager for health reform at the California Endowment;
  • Heather Howard, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health Reform Assistance Network;
  • David Maxwell-Jolly, undersecretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency; and
  • Marian Mulkey, director of CHCF’s health reform and public programs initiative (Kennedy, California Healthline, 7/13).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

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