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CHCF Awards $2.4 Million to Support Local Health Coverage Efforts

Step by Step to provide technical assistance to 11 coalitions; premium subsidy grants will benefit 7 children's programs

In 2005, CHCF awarded more than $1.1 million in grants for 11 projects that supported counties and community-based coalitions in developing health coverage options for low-income Californians.

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) today announced the award of more than $1.1 million in grants for 11 projects that support counties and community-based coalitions in developing health coverage options for low-income Californians. The grants were made through its Step by Step: Local Coverage Expansion Initiative, now in its third year.

CHCF also awarded several grants to subsidize the cost of health insurance premiums through established programs that have demonstrated unmet needs. Awards totaling $1.3 million will benefit Healthy Kids programs in 7 California counties.

Several public funding sources are available to expand coverage at the local level. Step by Step provides technical assistance for county and community-based coalitions interested in expanding coverage for uninsured populations not eligible for public insurance programs, including children, childcare workers, and other low-wage workers.

The objectives of the Step by Step initiative are to:

  • Identify and leverage public funding for coverage expansion; and
  • Identify and share local best practices that may inform future coverage efforts and policy discussions at both state and local levels.

"Counties and community-based organizations are increasingly taking the lead in coverage expansion efforts," said Marian Mulkey, senior program officer for health insurance at CHCF. "These grants will support collaboration, planning, and implementation, and ultimately, new coverage options for uninsured Californians."

Grants were awarded through a competitive request-for-proposal process.

Step by Step Recipients

Implementation grants were awarded to:

  • RTZ Associates — Delivering Health Benefits to the IHSS Workforce in Kings and Tulare Counties
  • Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, Inc. — Covering Child Care Providers: A Regional Approach in 4 Counties
  • First 5 Kings County Children & Families Commission — Kings County Children's Health Initiative
  • Mendocino County Department of Public Health — Mendocino Children's Health Initiative
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Future — A Regional Children's Health Initiative
Planning grants were awarded to:
  • Fresno Delivery System Consortium — Fresno County Farm Workers Local Expansion Initiative
  • Center for Governmental Studies: Insure the Uninsured Project — Coverage for Uninsured Child Care Workers in Los Angeles
  • Orange County United Way — Children's Health Initiative of Orange County
  • Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services — Humboldt Children's Initiative
  • Children's Health Initiative Napa County — Napa Children's Health Initiative
  • Placer County Health & Human Services — Placer Healthy Kids Initiative
Premium Subsidies

In addition to funding emerging local coverage expansion efforts under the Step by Step initiative, CHCF also awarded 7 one-time health insurance premium subsidy grants totaling $1.3 million to the Healthy Kids programs in these counties:

  • Los Angeles;
  • Riverside;
  • San Bernardino;
  • San Joaquin;
  • San Mateo;
  • Santa Clara; and
  • Solano.

All CHCF grantees have a successful record of conducting outreach and enrollment to hard-to-reach populations; ensuring continuity of care and access to a broad array of preventive, primary care, and specialty services; and overseeing the appropriateness and quality of medical care.

About 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.

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