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Date:2/6/2008

>Finish Line Project

Funded by the Packard Foundation, the Finish Line Project is a $15 million, five-year grantmaking strategy providing financial and technical support to advocacy organizations in selected states that are best positioned to make significant advances in children's coverage. The Center for Children and Families, an independent, non-partisan policy institute based at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, will provide policy and communication support to each of the Finish Line state grantees.

Organizations receiving Finish Line Project grants include:

-- Arkansas - Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

-- Colorado - Colorado Children's Campaign

-- Iowa - Child and Family Policy Center

-- Ohio - Voices for Ohio's Children

-- Rhode Island - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

-- Texas - Children's Defense Fund of Texas

-- Washington - Children's Alliance

In addition to funding in those seven states, Packard will also expand its multi-year, multi-million dollar investment in support of children's coverage work in California.

Consumer Voices for Coverage

Initiated by RWJF, Consumer Voices for Coverage will enhance the critical role that advocates play in shaping and promoting comprehensive health reform. The $15 million, three-year initiative will strengthen existing advocacy networks in 12 states. Community Catalyst, a national, non-profit consumer health advocacy organization headquartered in Boston, will coordinate the effort nationwide.

Organizations chosen to lead Consumer Voices for Coverage networks in select states include:

-- California - Health Access Foundation

-- Colorado - Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

-- Illinois - Campaign for Better Health Care

-- Maine - Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation

-- Maryland - Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund,
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SOURCE Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; David and Lucile PackardFoundation
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