Forum Session

Local Coverage Initiatives: Solution or Band-Aid for the Uninsured?
September 30, 2005


Jennifer Ryan


This Forum session provided an overview of a range of locally based health care delivery strategies designed to improve access to care for the uninsured. Speakers considered the successes these communities have had in expanding access and improving the health of their citizens and weighed the challenges that have curtailed opportunities for broader-scale replicability. The discussion centered on balancing a community's desire and ability to design approaches to improve access to health care with the need for sustainable financing sources. The need for federal support and technical assistance in order to have a lasting impact over time were also explored.


Jean Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco Health Plan; Vondie Woodbury, Executive Director, Muskegon Community Health Project; Paul Gionfriddo, Executive Director, Palm Beach County Community Health Alliance; Peter Long, Senior Program Officer, The California Endowment; Eric Baumgartner, MD, Policy and Program Planning Specialist, Louisiana Public Health Institute

Slides from the presentations by Ms. Fraser, Ms. Woodbury, Mr. Gionfriddo, Mr. Long, and Dr. Baumgartner are available for download.

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