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Legislative Preview: Winds of Change

With Republicans taking over the state Senate, neither party can claim exclusive control over the agenda of the 2015 legislative session. This report looks at some of the health policy bills and broader debates we expect to see this year. read more

2015 Legislative Preview: What to Expect When You're Expecting Gridlock

With Republicans now in control of the Senate and Democrats retaining the House majority, it seems like a formula for gridlock. But could it be an opportunity to cooperate? read more

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Fruit and Vegetable Policy Strategies

This paper outlines promising and proven strategies that can help Coloradans make healthier choices, boosting fruit and veggie consumption statewide. read more

Local Data, Local Health

Health care is local. While national, state and market trends impact health and health care delivery, local communities are where theory and policy meet practice and implementation. read more

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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

Health Words 2015

What is an Arveschoug-Bird? How do you clawback, exactly? And remember when people were uninsurable? Working to compile this fifth edition of HealthWords, we were reminded how much and how fast the world of health and health policy changes. Those words from the 2009 edition are not… read more

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Marketplace Competition Makes for Modest Increases

The Colorado Health Institute analysis of the 2015 health insurance rates approved by the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI). read more

A MAGI Primer: Understanding New Income Eligibility Rules for Colorado's Public Insurance Programs

It’s not magic, it’s MAGI. The federal government’s new modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) standard might seem like it was conjured out of thin air, but after reading our primer, you’ll be a certified MAGI magician. read more

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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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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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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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