Toward Comprehensive Health Coverage for All: Summaries of 20 State Planning Grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

November 1, 2002

Authors: Heather Sacks, Todd Kutyla, and Sharon Silow-Carroll

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In September 2000, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set up a State Planning Grants (SPG) program to award one-year grants to states for creating comprehensive health insurance coverage plans for all citizens. Eleven states were selected in FY 2000 and nine states in FY 2001 for grants ranging from $800,000 to $1.6 million. The goals of the state grants were to 1) collect data on characteristics of the uninsured; and 2) design plans for providing these populations with access to affordable insurance coverage. The program also gives states the resources to identify and involve community stakeholders in the planning process.

Citation

Toward Comprehensive Health Coverage for All: Summaries of 20 State Planning Grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Heather Sacks, Todd Kutyla, and Sharon Silow-Carroll, The Commonwealth Fund, November 2000