Consumer Voices for Coverage: Strengthening State Advocacy Networks to Expand Health Coverage

The Foundation's program, Consumer Voices for Coverage: Strengthening State Advocacy Networks to Expand Health Coverage, was designed to support state-based consumer health advocacy networks to increase their capacity to participate in health care reform efforts with key stakeholders, such as businesses, hospitals, insurers, providers and government officials.This grant is one of ten in the Foundation's Coverage Team's target states that will support consumer organizations to work with their states to implement coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More specifically, the goal of the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project is to ensure that state policy decisions required to implement the ACA reflect consumer interests, particularly in the following two areas: (1) the Exchange design will promote access to health insurance that is affordable, promotes quality, includes adequate benefits, allows alignment between Exchange products and Medicaid, and offers meaningful choice of plans; and (2) systems that the state develops to inform people about the health coverage options available and to enroll people in coverage will be streamlined and effective, minimize administrative barriers, be accessible to a wide range of consumers, and include an effective consumer support function and appeals process. The project will use a variety of strategies, including advocacy, trainings and workshops, strategic communications, and consumer focus groups, to ensure that consumer interests are considered as the state makes policy decisions to implement the provisions of the ACA. Rhode Island Kids Count is a non-profit focused on improving the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island's children. They will partner with The Poverty Institute, an advocacy organization working on low-income issues including access to quality health care. These organizations have worked in close and effective partnership for more than two decades. No Foundation funds will be used for the purposes of lobbying.

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded $250,000.00

Awarded on: 9/14/2011

Time frame: 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012

Grant Number: 69437


Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Inc.

One Union Station
Providence, 02903-1758


Jill K. Beckwith
Project Director


Linda Katz
Project Director