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2015 Legislation In Review

From telehealth to advanced practice nurses to marijuana, Colorado's legislators in 2015 looked for ways to improve health without spending more money or offending partisan sensibilities read more

2015 Legislative Learning Series

The 2015 Legislative Learning Series continues CHI’s tradition of providing useful and evidence-based information for state legislators.These popular educational events have helped lawmakers over the years develop a deeper understanding of issues surrounding health care policy. read more

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Behavioral Health in Colorado

The Colorado Health Institute studied six practices that are testing an array of approaches to integration, tailoring models to their locations, their client populations, their workplace cultures, and their available resources, among other considerations. read more

Legal Marijuana Comes Into Focus: An Analysis of Colorado's Policy Landscape

The size and scope of Colorado's marijuana market is beginning to come into focus in this second year of legalization.This analysis by the Colorado Health Institute has identified six key policy lessons. read more

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Colorado Access to Care Index

On a scale of one to 10, how easy is it for a Denver resident to get health care? What about someone living on the Western Slope? Does race or ethnicity make a difference? What about income? 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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Filling the Dental Gap

Colorado reached a historic milestone in 2014 when it began offering dental insurance to each of the state's 1.1 million Medicaid clients. This decision places Colorado among the nation's leaders when it comes to oral health coverage for those with the lowest incomes. read more

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

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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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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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