The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced it will provide states with assistance to implement federal health reform provisions that work toward expanding access to the uninsured.
RWJF to help states expand coverage to uninsured
The Princeton, N.J.-based healthcare foundation said it will support technical assistance, research, consumer engagement, online networking and leadership development to help extend coverage to millions more Americans.
Starting with 10 states, the foundation will provide technical assistance to help set up insurance exchanges, make insurance market changes, expand Medicaid and streamline eligibility and enrollment in programs. Heather Howard, former New Jersey commissioner of Health and Senior Services, is leading this initiative.
Initial participating states are Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia.
The foundation did not say how much it is investing in the program.
“Expanding and improving access to healthcare, and providing stable, affordable coverage is now in the hands of the states,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in a news release.
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