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Colorado Medicaid Expansion 2016 Analysis

The moment Colorado decided to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2013, experts got to work forecasting what the state should expect. But none of the predictions fully captured what happened. read more

Higher Rate of Eligible Coloradans Are Getting Coverage

Colorado is chipping away at the percentage of residents who remain uninsured even though they are eligible for the Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) public insurance programs. read more

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ColoradoCare: An Independent Analysis

Colorado voters will decide in November whether to adopt ColoradoCare, a revolutionary system to provide universal health coverage to all the state’s residents. The Colorado Health Institute (CHI) is releasing a series of research briefs that delve into the ColoradoCare ballot… read more

Aid in Dying

This new analysis by the Colorado Health Institute offers the national and international context that is essential to understanding the debate of aid in dying. read more

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Colorado County Drug Overdose Death Rate

The Colorado Health Institute (CHI) has analyzed new county-level estimates on drug overdose deaths by county from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report and a time-lapse map. read more

Highway to Health: CHI Data and Experts for Your Community

We are sitting on mountains of data here at the Colorado Health Institute, and we are going on the road to share it with our fellow Coloradans. Highway to Health is CHI’s ongoing effort to meet people all over Colorado and share our data and analysis. It also gives us a chance… read more

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County Data Workbooks

The Colorado Health Institute has assembled these Local Data Workbooks to help counties analyze the characteristics of their communities. read more

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

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Specialty Care Referral Network Pilot Implementation Plan

This implementation plan for a new specialty care referral network pilot project was developed for the Mile High Health Alliance by the Colorado Health Institute. It provides a road map for the Alliance’s vision of increasing access to needed specialty care for uninsured people… read more

Colorado Access to Care Index

The ability of Coloradans to access health care improved a bit in 2015, according to the Colorado Access to Care Index. The index score increased to 7.8 in 2015 from 7.7 in 2013, both out of a possible 10 points, showing that access to care is trending upward and that some disparities… 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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