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Colorado's Health Care Safety Net

Colorado’s health care safety net, the network of clinics and providers that care for the most vulnerable residents, is growing and changing. To better understand the changes in Colorado’s health care safety net, it is necessary to understand its structure. read more


The Colorado Health Institute and its Safety Net Advisory Committee (SNAC) are engaged in a learning laboratory called SNAC Labs. The work is focused on Medicaid's Accountable Care Collaborative pilot program in Colorado and its potential as a transformative model of health care,… read more

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Reaching Our Peak: Creating a Healthier Colorado

This Colorado Health Institute project is an annual analysis of the impact of policies, programs and politics on statewide efforts designed to make Colorado a healthier state. read more

Legal Marijuana in Colorado

This brief by the Colorado Health Institute examines the policy decisions and regulatory framework created by Colorado for the legalized marijuana industry, which was launched in the state on January 1, 2014. read more

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Colorado Adult's Health Insurance Status

The number of Colorado adults who are eligible for Medicaid has soared, reflecting sweeping changes in state and federal health policy, a new Colorado Health Institute analysis finds. read more

Colorado Eligibility Atlas

The Colorado Health Institute released a report that gives a detailed picture of Colorado’s uninsured population through a series of 17 maps, an analysis revealing significant statewide variations in demographic and geographic characteristics. read more

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2014 Legislation in Review

In our annual review of health care policy legislation, the Colorado Health Institute reports that 2014 was a year for building on the state and federal health care policy changes of the past few years. read more

Sharing the Cost: A Changing Landscape

This paper provides a broad understanding of the theory and goals of cost-sharing, examines the evidence of its ability to curb costs, and looks at whether cost-sharing impacts the use of health care and, ultimately, health outcomes. read more

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Colorado's Primary Care Workforce: A Study of Regional Disparities

This Colorado Health Institute study analyzed the primary care workforce and compared it across regions. The study found wide variations in workforce capacity across Colorado. read more

From Policy to Practice: Colorado’s Health Care Workforce and Safety Net

Access to medical care contributes to improved health and a reduced need for more costly medical care. The health care workforce and the safety net are two key aspects of the health care system that help determine if people have access to care. read more

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Long-Term Services and Supports in Colorado: Piecing Together the Puzzle

CHI pieced together a ground-level view of Colorado's long-term services and supports (LTSS) system, illustrating how confusing and frustrating it can be to navigate. Understanding the system is the first step in the process for state leaders to make it more efficient and effective. read more

Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)

Colorado is involved in an extraordinary undertaking: bringing experts from across the state to develop a vision to transform our health care system. read more

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County Profiles

The Colorado Health Institute's Data Repository offers two options for county-level health data. A quick health profile - available by rolling over the individual county – gives a glimpse of population, household income, health insurance status and Medicaid and CHP+ enrollment. To delve deeper, click on the county to download spreadsheets with detailed demographic, health coverage and workforce data.

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