NASHP and State Health Access Program
The University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help states monitor rates of health insurance coverage and to understand factors associated with uninsurance. In addition to providing health policy analysis, SHADAC provides technical assistance to federal agencies that conduct health insurance surveys, and states that conduct their own surveys and/or use data from national surveys. www.shadac.org
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. www.hrsa.gov
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What states are participating in this program?
a. Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia
2. How is this program funded?
a. Thirteen states have been awarded State Health Access Program (SHAP) grants by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at Health and Human Services (HHS). SHAP grants are intended to help these states expand access to affordable health care coverage for specific uninsured populations, and are an outgrowth of the agency's State Planning Grant program that operated from 2000-2007.
3. Will more grants be available in the future?
a. This program is funded on a yearly basis by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Continuation of the program is based on available funding and state performance within the scope of the program.
4. When did this program start?
a. The State Health Access Program (SHAP) began in October 2009, with the intention of continuing for five years. However, funding is approved on a yearly basis.