This paper examines how language differences affect patients and health care providers. It examines the importance of language in accessing health care, provides policymakers with an overview of existing legal requirements and offers health care providers approaches to improve language access.
This publication provides highlights from the report Optimizing Outreach and Application Assistance Services in Community-based Organizations: Evaluation Findings from The Colorado Trust's Outreach and Enrollment for Children and Youth Grant Strategy. It summarizes the evaluation findings from The Colorado Trust's three-year, $3.3 million grant strategy to help expand enrollment of children and youth in the Child Health Plan Plus and Medicaid public health insurance programs.
Findings from The Colorado Trust's 2012 Environmental Scan describes the results of a statewide environmental scan done by The Trust to learn more about how health inequity affects access to health in Colorado. Through a telephone survey, community forums across the state and focus groups with health care leaders, more than 1,000 Coloradans described the problems they believe need to be addressed, and offered potential solutions to help advance health equity.
This report discusses findings from the evaluation of The Colorado Trust's three-year, $3.3 million grant strategy to help expand enrollment of children and youth in public health insurance programs in Colorado. An external evaluation team from the University of Colorado Denver conducted the evaluation. The results, along with recommendations for funders and community-based organizations, can be found in this report.
This issue brief highlights findings about health insurance status and health care use among Colorado's young adults, based on the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS). The analysis shows that this age group has the highest rate of uninsurance in Colorado. It also provides insights into why they are uninsured, and the impact that being uninsured has on their ability to access care.
This primer offers information for Colorado leaders as they consider expanding Medicaid eligibility to the state's most vulnerable residents as part of the Affordable Care Act. It includes an analysis conducted by the Colorado Health Institute on the cost of expansion and who would be covered. It also reports on financing, savings and how an expansion policy might best be implemented.
This brief highlights findings from the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) about who is covered by Medicaid in Colorado and how they access and use health services. The analysis shows that Coloradans covered by Medicaid have a lower utilization of most health services than those with commercial insurance. It also shows that most Medicaid enrollees have a usual source of care, but getting an appointment with a health care provider can still be a challenge.
This publication briefly summarizes the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions that advance health equity, including those related to health care coverage, delivery and payment reform, and areas specific to disparities, such as data collection and cultural competence. It also looks at what Colorado has done in these areas to achieve health equity, and summarizes lessons learned in Colorado and other states.
This paper examines the policies from the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to racial/ethnic health disparities and discusses what Colorado is already doing to reduce disparities. It also looks at what Colorado policymakers can learn from other states' experiences and how they could use those lessons and the ACA to move forward in eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities.
This brief highlights findings from the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) about access to dental insurance and oral health care in Colorado. The analysis shows that all Coloradans are facing more barriers to accessing oral health care, compared to when the survey was last done in 2008-09. It also looks at which Coloradans are having the most difficulty getting oral health care and paying for it.
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