Glossary of Terms
The following glossary has been prepared by CoveringtheUninsured.org
to define key terms related to health insurance and the issue of
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
One of the world’s largest private philanthropies, The Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to improve the health and health care
of all Americans. Founder Robert W. Johnson devoted his life to
public service and to building the small, but innovative, family
firm of Johnson & Johnson into the world's largest health and
medical care products conglomerate.
AcademyHealth brings together a broad spectrum of players to share
perspectives, learn from each other, and strengthen working relationships.
The State Coverage Initiatives (SCI) program is a national initiative
of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that helps states improve
the availability and affordability of health insurance through grants,
technical assistance, workshops, and written products.
for State Health Policy
An organization working to disseminate information to assist states
in the development of practical, innovative solutions to complex
health policy issues.
Twelve national organizations, including The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the AFL-CIO, have
joined together to seek solutions to the problem of the uninsured.
USA - Uninsured Resources
A national organization dedicated to achieving high quality, affordable
health and long-term care for all Americans. Working at national,
state and community levels, it has provided a voice for health care
consumers for over 15 years.
Health Care Financing
The federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid and the State
Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and other programs.
A national initiative to increase heath coverage sponsored by the
Health Insurance Association of America.
An independent philanthropic organization focusing on major health
care issues facing the nation. This site contains state-by-state
health data and in-depth information on the uninsured
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan policy research and
educational organization established to examine the social, economic,
and governance problems facing the nation. It provides information
and analysis to public and private decision makers to help them
address these challenges and strives to raise citizen understanding
of these issues and tradeoffs in policy making.
Commonwealth Fund – Publications on the Uninsured
A private foundation supporting independent research on health and
social issues and making grants to improve health care practice
Launched in 1999, Hawai'i Covering Kids collaborates with federal,
state, and community agencies on outreach, enrollment, simplification, and retention for children's health insurance.