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Advancing Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act

Cal Wellness believes that health care is a human right and that all Californians, regardless of immigration status, should have access to quality, affordable health coverage and health care. The Affordable Care Act has expanded health coverage for Californians. However, over 7% of Californians remain uninsured, and half of these individuals are undocumented immigrants. Cal Wellness funds:  

  • Community-based organizations. 
  • Research and advocacy groups.  
  • Others working to ensure the effective and equitable implementation of the ACA, and to advance universal health coverage in California.  

We seek to ensure that all residents of California know about, are able to enroll in, and are able to utilize health coverage that meets their needs.

What We Fund

We will only fund applications that fit under one or more of these strategies. Please review the target populations, key strategies and examples of grants listed here to see if your work aligns:  

  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate health coverage education, outreach and enrollment for individuals and small businesses. 
  • Efforts to help the newly insured retain and utilize health care coverage. 
  • Research to build the knowledge base on the impact of the ACA in California. 
  • Public policy efforts to ensure effective and equitable implementation of the ACA; coverage for people who remain uninsured, including those who are undocumented; and equitable and comprehensive coverage for women.  
  • Communications activities that promote the importance of health coverage and the successes of health care reform in California.

What We Do Not Fund

We fund very specific projects and activities. We do not fund: 

  • General health education.  
  • Disease-specific efforts, like diabetes or heart disease prevention efforts. 
  • Research on health care issues not connected to building the knowledge base on the impacts of the ACA.
  • Standalone conferences and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support.
  • Individual degrees and fellowships. 

Examples of Funded Grants

Below are some examples of organizations we fund under this grantmaking area: 

  • Community Health Initiative of Orange County: $200,000/3 years.
    For core operating support to provide health coverage outreach, enrollment, retention and utilization services--as well as assistance with enrollment in income support programs--in Orange County. 
  • Health Access Foundation, CA:$600,000/3 years.
    For core operating support for the new Care4All California campaign and coalition to create a high-quality, affordable and equitable universal health care system in California. 
  • National Immigration Law Center: $350,000/2 years.
    For core operating support for a collaboration of six health, community-organizing and immigration organizations to engage in public policy efforts that address the health care needs of low-income immigrants in California. 
  • Reach Out: $450,000/3 years.
    For core operating support to conduct health coverage outreach, enrollment, community education and public policy efforts; strengthen the health profession diversity pipeline; and build cross-sectoral leadership for health and social justice.

A letter of interest is the first step in requesting a grant. We’re now accepting LOIs.


Check out our grants database.

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Program Director

Padmini Parthasarathy

Padmini Parthasarathy leads grantmaking related to advancing health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and promoting employment and asset-building opportunities.

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