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RWJF/Packard Team Up on $30M State Coverage Initiative

RWJF/Packard Team Up on $30M State Coverage Initiative

February 8, 2008

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation have announced complementary $15 million grantmaking initiatives to strengthen state health reforms to cover uninsured children and families.

Together, Packard's Finish Line Project and RWJF's Consumer Voices for Coverage will provide a total of 18 advocacy organizations in 14 states with significant technical and financial resources. Consumer Voices for Coverage will concentrate on state healthcare reform initiatives, while the Finish Line Project will work to provide coverage for all children.

The five-year, $15 million Finish Line Project will provide financial and technical support to advocacy organizations in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington — states that the foundation has determined are best positioned to make significant advances in children's coverage.

RWJF initiated the three-year, $15 million Consumer Voices for Coverage project to enhance the critical role that advocates play in shaping and promoting comprehensive health reform. Boston-based Community Catalyst, a national nonprofit consumer health advocacy organization, will coordinate the effort to strengthen existing advocacy networks in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Click here for a list of all the grant recipients.