Given the various options to expand health coverage—whether through an individual mandate requiring everyone to purchase health insurance or any plan to expand coverage through low-cost insurance products—the Colorado Center on Law & Policy conducted an affordability study to help policymakers, health advocates and consumers understand the factors that influence Coloradans' ability to pay for health coverage.
Supported the Colorado Children's Campaign in developing a health cost model and advocating for fiscal and policy changes to improve the health care system through "Looking Forward," a collaborative project with the Bell Policy Center and Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, as well as other funders and nonprofit advocacy organizations.
Supported the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative's work to increase awareness and educate health consumers statewide about barriers to health access, and strengthen advocacy efforts for policy changes to increase access to health care.
HCPF conducted the 2008 Colorado Statewide Household Survey to understand state-specific uninsurance and underinsurance rates, as well as factors that influence and are associated with these rates, to inform state policy decisions related to insurance and establish baseline data by which the state can monitor progress in expanding health coverage.
Funding to provide a meaningful voice for ethnically and geographically diverse health consumers, including faith communities, on mental health, health and behavioral health.
Supported the Colorado Rural Health Center's efforts to ensure that state policy and health leaders understand and support the health needs of rural Colorado through a combination of efforts including research, education, communications and advocacy.
Helped members of Colorado's south and southeastern communities to identify their health needs and advocate for improved access to health care, in partnership with CSU-Pueblo's Hasan School of Business, Action 22 Foundation, the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center and the Center for Immigrant and Community Integration, Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo.
Supported the Dr. A.J. Kauvar Foundation's work to provide scholarships to religious leaders to participate in an intensive seminar focused on increasing their knowledge about access to health care policy issues in Colorado; provide them with effective models and strategies to foster health advocacy; and develop an action plan to strengthen their congregations' involvement in advancing health care reform.
Support for the Innovation Network to lead a team of Colorado evaluators in partnering with select Trust grantees to measure the effectiveness of their advocacy efforts to expand access to health in a changing health policy landscape.