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, Virginia Consumer Voices (VCV) will work to elevate an authentic consumer voice into the public debate around implementation policies in Virginia. By building a broad-based consumer coalition, VCV will work to ensure that policy priorities around consumer-friendly Exchanges and Medicaid expansion policies are supported by the consumer voice. The coalition will integrate and support actions within the broader ACA advocacy network in Virginia; engage consumers (particularly in communities of color) through research, education, media, and grassroots organizing; and deliver consumer voices into policy debates and to key legislators and decision makers. Seven organizations have signed on to the leadership team of the VCV Coalition. The leadership team includes AARP - Virginia, Virginia AFL-CIO, American Heart Association - Virginia, The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (lead grantee), Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants - SEIU, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center. The lead grantee organization, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will take the primary responsibility for coordinating, measuring and reporting the progress of VCV. The Center has a reputation for effective community organizing and convening of faith-based organizations on a number of priority issues affecting low and middle-income Virginians. No Foundation funds will be used for the purposes of lobbying.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $250,000.00

Awarded on: 9/13/2011

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

Grant Number: 69438


Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

1716 East Franklin Street
P.O. Box 12516
Richmond, 23241-0516


Kathleen M. May
Project Director