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Midterm Elections Reinforce Voter Interest in Medicaid Expansion

Health care advocates and staff at the REACH Foundation watched with interest voter reaction to last week’s state ballot initiatives that passed in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah calling for expansion of Medicaid. As it turns out, even in these three traditionally “red” states, a significant majority of voters are concerned about people having access to … Continued

KC Census Funders Group Hosts Discussion on Impact of 2020 Census

The REACH Healthcare Foundation is among 11 nonprofit and community organizations that have formed the KC Census Funders Partnership to promote a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census. The group convened nonprofit organizations, business leaders, elected officials and social justice advocates and other community leaders for a conversation on the impact of the 2020 … Continued

Harvard Study Examines Health Access, Medicaid in Three States

Under the Affordable Care Act, more Americans than ever before gained health care coverage through Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion became optional in 2012. Thirty-three states have opted to expand their Medicaid programs to cover more low-income and uninsured adults. Kansas remains one of 17 states that have not expanded Medicaid. To examine health outcomes of … Continued

Immigrant Families Are Part of the Fabric of Our Communities

Over the last couple of months, public attention has been drawn to reports and images of immigrant children being separated from their families because of changes to the way that U.S. immigration policy is being implemented. These actions, documented in vivid detail, have sparked discussion across the country about how we as Americans treat migrants. … Continued

REACH Staff Reflect on 2017 Successes

So far in 2017, the foundation has seen positive investment returns every single month of this year. I can’t wait to see how we eventually invest these funds into the community. Jo Yun, Vice President of Finance & Operations/CFO   Since we implemented the Employee Matching Gifts program in 2007, REACH has matched nearly $72,000 … Continued

REACH CEO Shares a Few Highlights of the Year

At the end of the year, as the REACH team works to tie up loose ends on grants awarded, projects being planned for the coming year, and preparing for the holidays, I always marvel at how committed and focused individuals are capable of tackling complex problems knowing that solutions are, in fact, within reach. I … Continued

Advocates Mount Strong Effort to Secure CHIP Renewal

Health providers and advocates have been maintaining a steady public call to Congress to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is set to end on September 30, 2017, unless Congress acts to renew financial support – ideally for another five years. CHIP is a federally funded and state-administered block grant, … Continued

Blog: Grantee Survey Helps REACH Learn From Our Partners

Transparency in the REACH Foundation’s grant making and operations has always been held as a core tenant of our work by the foundation’s Board of Directors and staff. As part of our grant relationship, REACH staff encourages our nonprofit partners to be transparent with us about major changes and challenges in their organizations so that … Continued

Blog: Care Coordination/Navigation Grants Focus on Closing Health Access Gaps

This month, the REACH Foundation awarded grants totaling $213,102 to six organizations to implement strategies that use care coordinators, navigators, community health workers and engagement specialists to close the information and resource gap between consumers and health systems. The Health Care Coordination and Navigation Grants align with the foundation’s strategic plan focus on eliminating barriers … Continued

Blog: Support Builds in Kansas for Dental Therapy Model

Legislators have the opportunity to consider a bill this session that would license dental therapists in Kansas. Dental therapists are specially trained mid-level dental providers who would work as part of a dental team to provide routine and preventive care. There is strong interest in dental therapy among health, dental hygiene, education, safety net health … Continued

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