Health

Ensuring access to quality, affordable health care is a critical part of ensuring that Coloradans can thrive at home, school, work and in their communities. We use research and legal analysis to develop, implement and enforce policies that reverse inequities in access and help families achieve better health.

Our Approach

Our work aims at ensuring that affordability coverage programs, including Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP+) and subsidized commercial plans, are comprehensive, efficient and effective so that Coloradans have access to preventive care and treatment that will enhance their lives in the short- and long-term. Our complex systems can be challenging, so we also provide Coloradans with more tools to advocate on their own behalf, and to get the care they and their families need.

Our Progress

  • We testify regularly before the state Medicaid Services Board. We advocated successfully for changes to state Medicaid rules on eligible immigration statuses, ensuring consistency with Federal requirements and reversing a practice of denying children the opportunity to apply for Medicaid coverage. Other rule-making wins include our efforts to ensure that children did not face inappropriate limitations on access to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and other behavioral therapies.
  • When InnovAge, a nonprofit Medicaid program, converted to for-profit status in 2016, we led stakeholder efforts to ensure that the public received the full value of that conversion in the form of an independent foundation, Next Fifty, with our advocacy keeping the bulk of those assets in Colorado and increasing its valuation by $16 million.
  • We represented an individual denied Medicaid coverage and discovered that the state was over-counting income for families with children who received Social Security benefits. Our advocacy led to re-programming of the state eligibility system, potentially expanding access to tens of thousands of individuals.
  • Along with our advocacy partners, we worked with the Attorney General’s office and Medicaid agency to make technical changes to eligibility processes for the Medicaid Buy-In for Disabled Adults, preventing wrongful terminations for individuals who rely on the program to work and remain vital community members.
  • We led efforts to educate advocates and community members throughout the state on the federal public charge rule and its potential impact on access to public benefits, a rule currently enjoined by four federal courts. That advocacy helped spur thousands of comments on the proposed rule and counter widespread misinformation that threatens access for thousands of eligible Coloradans.
  • Our legal analysis on mental health parity contributed to improvements in requirements for behavioral health access in individual market plans and contributed substantially to state-specific parity legislation in 2019 (House Bill 1269).

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