7 Actions by leading foundations to protect access to health care

Written by: Jennifer Choi

Date: May 02, 2017

Despite the GOP seemingly lacking the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ACA isn’t out of the woods just yet. Nor are Medicaid and Medicare.

How do we stay in front of protecting affordable health care for the communities that we serve?

NCRP’s new brief “Foundations, Donors and Health Policy” is a handy resource for grantmakers and donors who are not yet sure how to respond to attempts to un-do recent advances in health equity.

The brief is not just for “health funders.”

“Whether or not your giving focuses specifically on health issues, it is likely that the current federal and state policy proposals and debates have implications for your causes and communities,” writes Lisa Ranghelli, author of the brief and senior director at NCRP.

Do you care about people with disabilities? The elderly? Racial equity? Gender equity? Creating jobs?

Regressive health policies will have an impact on these and other issues.

Check out the section
“Still not sure why you should act on federal or state policy?

for guiding questions and additional resources.


The guide includes seven concrete and effective actions you can take now to help protect the health and well-being of our communities.


Action #3: Elevate stories of impact

Fund efforts to gather and tell the stories of how federal and state health programs are good for families and communities.

Keep reading


Not a funder?

Then help us get this to the hands of grantmakers and donors so they can start thinking about how to put their money behind the health of our communities.

Read and share “Foundations, Donors and Health Equity”

We can’t afford to stay on the sidelines.

Imagine a world where all families have access to quality, affordable health care and all communities are thriving.

Learn and be inspired by what some funders and nonprofits are already doing to help make this a reality. You can, too.

Jennifer Choi is vice president and chief content officer at NCRP. Follow @jennychoinews and @NCRP on Twitter.


Photo courtesy of SEIU.


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