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Foundations to Strengthen State Health Care Reform Advocacy
Date:2/6/2008

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and David and Lucile Packard Foundation announce new projects supporting state reforms to cover uninsured children and families

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Packard) each announced grant projects today that will considerably strengthen state health reforms.

Effective solutions to some of the nation's most pressing health care problems are being actively developed and implemented in the states. All together, Packard's Finish Line Project and RWJF's Consumer Voices for Coverage will provide 18 advocacy organizations in 14 states with significant technical and financial resources. Consumer Voices for Coverage will concentrate broadly on state health care reform initiatives, and the Finish Line Project will focus on providing coverage for all children.

"There is tremendous momentum in the states for implementing effective health care reform. We know from experience that the voices of consumers - the men and women who work hard each day to support their families - are often the most effective in driving necessary change," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "As states launch ambitious health care reform efforts to ensure that more Americans have health insurance, advocates for consumers will be able to make their voices heard."

"States are leading the charge to cover America's uninsured children and with effective leadership from committed policymakers, advocates, and community leaders, they can finish the job and cover every child," said Carol S. Larson, president and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. "As private health insurance has grown less available and more expensive, children are in danger of being left behind, but some states are building a future where every child has the opportunity to grow up healthy."

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SOURCE Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; David and Lucile PackardFoundation
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