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About CHCF

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Health Care That Works
for All Californians

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How We Do Our Work

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.

CHCF informs policymakers and industry leaders, invests in ideas and innovations, and connects with changemakers to create a more responsive, patient-centered health care system.

CHCF supports the testing and evaluation of innovative approaches to improving care. We also commission research and analysis that policymakers, clinical leaders, payers, consumers, and the media depend on to better understand California's complex delivery system, in service of three overarching goals:

Improving Access to Coverage and Care for Low-Income Californians

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped millions of Californians get coverage through Medi-Cal and Covered California. However, the future of the law is unclear, and even with the ACA in place, many people struggle to get accessible, affordable care that meets their individual needs.

CHCF is responding to a changing federal policy environment by employing our core strengths as a provider of rigorous, evidence-based research and analysis, as well as a trusted partner to health care providers, advocates, and policymakers.

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Ensuring High-Value Care

The care many patients receive doesn't reflect what they want, what we know works, and what provides value. CHCF supports policies and care models that align with patient preferences, are proven effective, and are affordable.

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Market Analysis and Insight

Easily accessible, timely, and reliable information that is effectively used can help spur positive change. Our reports and analysis supply policymakers, researchers, and thought leaders with critical trend data about the cost and quality of California's health care system. This work, coupled with initiatives that seek to unlock government health data, provides changemakers with the information necessary to make well-informed choices that may ultimately lead to improved health care for all Californians.

Laying a Foundation for Change

Across our three goals, we use these tools to increase the impact of our grantmaking:

For an overview of our work, see our most recent publications, projects, and events.

See How Health Care Can Work

Californians, especially those who face financial challenges or complex health issues, need health care that works for them. CHCF's vision is a health care system that is responsive to the needs of those it serves. (Note: This presentation is best viewed either on a desktop in full screen mode with the latest version of Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox; or on a smartphone such as an iPhone or Android.)

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Fast Facts

Purpose: Nonprofit independent philanthropy
Focus: Grantmaking to improve California's health care system
Founded: 1996
Employees: ~50
Offices: Oakland & Sacramento
Assets: $769 million (3/31/2017)
Grants awarded: $27 million (fiscal year ended 3/31/2017)