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Foundations invest to spur coverage for kids

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Two of the leading foundations in the U.S. have launched high-dollar projects to bring about coverage for uninsured children and families.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created the three-year, $15 million Consumer Voices for Coverage program to boost the role advocates play in bringing about health reform.

Managed by Boston-based Community Catalyst, the initiative will award grants to strengthen advocacy networks in 12 states.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has launched the five-year, $15 million Finish Line Project, a grant program providing financial and technical support to advocacy organizations in seven states.

As part of the effort, the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute will manage the Finish Line program will provide policy and communications assistance to participating groups.

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