If recent federal and state reforms were in place today, the number of uninsured Coloradans would be reduced by more than two-thirds. Who would be newly insured, and how? Who would remain uninsured? Examination of the health status and health care needs of those who will be newly covered provides insights into the implications of expanding coverage.
Approximately 14 percent of Coloradans do not have health insurance. While the reasons vary by demographic and employment-related factors, overwhelmingly the number one reason is cost. The numerous reasons Coloradans report for being uninsured are examined, as well as how recent state and federal health care reforms might mitigate these factors.
Thirty percent of Coloradans—1.5 million people—live in families where some members have health insurance and others don't. Many in this group are uninsured parents with insured children. But research shows that parents without insurance tend to delay or do without care for their insured children. This brief examines "mixed insurance" families and the challenge they present to policymakers and advocates who want to improve health care access for children.
A History of The Colorado Trust authored by former Trust President and CEO John R. Moran, Jr. This 168-page book provides intimate insights on those who created and helped to shape the foundation, and details the foundation's many efforts to serve the health and well-being of the people of Colorado.
While many organizations rely on community festivals and other events as a primary means of reaching out to and enrolling children in Family Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Plus (CHP+), little research has been done on their effectiveness. Prepared for The Colorado Trust by Alisa J. Velonis, MPH, and Debbi Main, PhD, of the University of Colorado Denver, this issue brief provides an examination of the effectiveness of these methods for increasing enrollment among The Trust's Expanding Outreach and Enrollment for Children and Youth grantees.
Created in 2008 to better understand the complex nature of health care workforce policy and develop and support effective changes, the Colorado Health Professions Workforce Policy Collaborative—which is managed by the Colorado Rural Health Center—has released its 2011 recommendations for addressing the state's primary care provider shortage. The report defines the gap in providers and details five specific policy recommendations to help solve the shortage.
This issue brief offers policymakers an action checklist for developing state policies and practices that support the healthy mental development of young children, and provides examples of such policies and practices already in place in Colorado. As well, the brief lists federal funding available to bolster state and local efforts to improve children's healthy mental development.
This issue brief commissioned by The Colorado Trust, and authored by the two lead staff members of the Colorado's Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare Reform (the 208 Commission), Tracy L. Johnson, PhD and Sarah Schulte, MHSA, shows that there is significant agreement between our state's recommendations and the new federal law.
Prepared for The Colorado Trust by the Colorado Health Institute, this issue brief is based on data from the 2008-09 Colorado Household Survey (which later became the the Colorado Health Access Survey). Key findings show that 650,000 Coloradans were underinsured—almost the same number as uninsured residents—and, although individuals over 65 years old usually have Medicare, the highest rate of underinsurance occured among this age group. As well, underinsured Coloradans were more likely to forego medical care and/or report problems paying medical bills than those Coloradans deemed adequately insured.
This brief provides an overview of the concept of public will-building, and looks at how it may serve as an important means to help achieve access to health. In addition to describing actions and experiences within each phase of building public will, the brief also provides a case study of how this approach has impacted environmental awareness.
An interactive, searchable database of all of The Trust’s publications from its 30 years of serving Coloradans.