This brief highlights findings from an in-depth, Colorado-specific study that assessed the effect of health care reform on the Colorado economy. The study, which began prior to the passage of federal health care reform, was based on the recommendations of Colorado's 208 Commission. Conducted by the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization, and validated by The University of Denver's Center for Colorado's Economic Future, the study was commissioned and supported by The Colorado Trust and the Colorado Health Foundation. This companion issue brief summarizes the full study and updates selected findings to reflect the specifics of the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This study from the New America Foundation and the University of Denver's Center for Colorado's Economic Future considered the economic consequences of doing nothing to change the current system of health coverage and the delivery of health care services, and conversely, the costs and benefits of increasing health insurance coverage, as well as the costs and benefits of reforming the health care delivery system. The report was intended to provide the state's policy and business leaders with an increased ability to make well-informed decisions about the future of health care in Colorado.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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