The purpose of this project is to facilitate high-level dialogue among the key health care stakeholders regarding options for reforming health care in the U.S. in anticipation of a significant debate in the 111th Congress. Stakeholders include organizations representing consumers, hospitals, insurers, providers, business, and labor. This project will build on the strong relationships among most of these so-called "strange bedfellows" that were cultivated as a result of past Foundation initiatives, most notably Cover the Uninsured Week campaigns and the Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured project. Grantees will hire conflict management facilitators, health policy experts, and health care economists who will support a series of intensive multi-day retreats that will be held immediately after the November 2008 elections and before the January 2009 Presidential inauguration. Based on these consensus-building discussions, the participating organizations will share their conclusions with the public and policy makers.
Amount Awarded $700,000.00
Awarded on: 8/6/2008
Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2009
Grant Number: 64673