August 16, 2011
Source: Health Forward Foundation
Thank you for inviting us to offer written testimony to the Senate Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges. The Health Forward Foundation was created in 2003 and seeks to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to eliminate barriers and promote quality health for uninsured and underserved. Our grantmaking focuses on safety net, mental health, and healthy
lifestyles in six counties in the Kansas City-area, including Cass, Jackson, and Lafayette in Missouri. Since we began our grant making in June 2005 we have invested over $125 million into the KC region in support of programs and initiatives that benefit the uninsured and underserved. Given that our target population is the uninsured and underserved, we have an interest in advancing policy solutions that will reduce the number of people in our service area who are uninsured. We believe that health insurance exchanges hold the promise to do just that.