Expanding Health Care Coverage

Grantee Name

One River Grants, Inc.

Funding Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage

Publication Date

April 2013

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

March 2011 – July 2011


The success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation will depend on how states meet the challenges of restructuring and take advantage of various funding opportunities that have been made available under the law.

To that end, Grantmakers in Health (GIH) established the GIH State Grant Writing Assistance Fund; a grant-matching program for funders who are interested in offering grant-writing support to state government agencies applying for funding. To take advantage of reform implementation opportunities in New York, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) applied for and was awarded this GIH grant match.

In 2009, NYHealth awarded a grant to One River Grants, Inc., a New York State-based grants solicitation and management company, to assist the State in its application for the Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases (MIPCD) funding opportunity under Section 4108 of the ACA.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Worked with NYSDOH staff, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, to develop the goals, work scope, activities, evaluation measures, and application materials for the New York State Medicaid Incentive Program.
  • Focused the program around four priority areas: smoking cessation, diabetes onset, diabetes management, and hypertension.
  • Successfully received funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in September 2011; New York State will be awarded $10 million over five years.