Who's Funding to Contain Healthcare Costs?

More funders grasp a simple fact: Anyone pushing for expanding healthcare access also needs to care about containing costs so dollars can stretch further. Predictably, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the 900-pound gorilla in the cost containment space, but other funders are also on the case.
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Pinch: Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Strategic Planning Bad News for Health Programs

Sit back, watch, wait, and hold your breath: strategic planning is like that. Among the big big funders it’s admittedly higher-stakes, but even from a small foundation like Nathan Cummings that gives moderately-sized grants, strategic planning can arouse interest, and nerves.
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Trending at the Commonwealth Fund: Containing Healthcare Costs

It might be easy to overlook, but it’s doing important work. Based in Washington, D.C., and New York City, the nearly century-old Commonwealth Fund has long been a broad supporter of a variety of public health and policy initiatives. Lately, it's turned its attention to initiatives looking to rein in healthcare costs.
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A Very Big Number: Blue Shield of California Foundation Announces Fourth Quarter Giving to Support the ACA

The Blue Shield Foundation of California makes no secret of the fact that Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation is a big interest of theirs. In just the third quarter of 2013, it issued $3.4 million in grants aimed at reinforcing the state’s health care system. And though that might seem like a bundle, let us tell you: it pales in comparison to the BFCF’s fourth-quarter giving.
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Know Your Kaisers: What to Know About the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.

Kaiser Mid-Atlantic gives out several million in grants each year, and spends tens of millions on programs to get care and coverage to low-income and uninsured residents in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

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