Director of Research on Coverage and Access
Jeff Bontrager, Director of Research on Coverage and Access, joined the Colorado Health Institute in March 2005. Jeff coordinates CHI’s research efforts related to health insurance, the uninsured, Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) eligibility modeling, as well as Colorado’s health care safety net. Jeff focuses on promoting decisionmaking built on a foundation of robust evidence. He works closely with CHI constituents to respond to information requests, develop publications, make presentations, and provide leadership and technical expertise for a variety of advisory groups. Jeff is a member of the Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) team, chaired the Data Advisory Work Group (DAWG) of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, and contributed to CHI’s estimates of Colorado’s primary care needs as a result of federal health reform. He also leads the Colorado Health Institute's ongoing series of learning labs focused on the Medicaid Accountable Care Collaborative.
Prior to joining the team at CHI, Jeff worked as a data quality and project manager at the University of Colorado’s Division of Health Care Policy and Research. In 2004, Jeff completed a National Academy of Social Insurance internship at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Rockville, Maryland, concentrating on long-term care research. More recently, Jeff is a graduate of the Regional Institute on Health and Environmental Leadership’s Advanced Leadership Training Program.
Jeff was selected in 2013 by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver's "Forty Under 40" up-and-coming leaders.
A native of Denver, Jeff earned a master of science degree in public health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He concentrated his graduate work on health care policy and health coverage issues, focusing his thesis on Colorado’s underinsured. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.
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