Colorado again moved up in the rankings of the country's healthiest states. Colorado is now 11th in the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Colorado, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Colorado started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Colorado's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Health reform in Colorado — How the state will implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Colorado Medicaid — Medicaid is the government program to help poor and indigent get health care services. Pregnant women and children 18 and under who meet income requirements may be eligible for Medicaid, as well as the aged, blind and disabled.
Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) — Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries with questions about Medicare.
Information about Medicaid in Colorado — General Questions about Health Care and Medicaid.
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing — The state agency responsible for the administration of the Medicaid program, Child Health Plan Plus, and the Colorado Indigent Care program, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
Colorado coverage for children and pregnant women — Child Health Plan Plus is a low-cost health insurance program for uninsured Colorado children ages 18 and under whose families earn or own too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. The CHP+ Prenatal Care Program offers free health insurance to uninsured Colorado pregnant women who live in households that meet certain [...]
State of Colorado Division of Insurance — The State of Colorado’s department of insurance provides official information all types of insurance. Having trouble resolving a claims dispute with your health insurance company? You can file a complaint with this online complaint form, or write: Colorado Division of Insurance 1560 Broadway, Suite 850 Denver, CO 80202 Phone: 303.894.7499 OR 800.930.3745 Read the rest [...]
Connecticut Health Reinsurance Association — Toll-free 1-800-842-0004 (M-F 9am-4pm EST)
Colorado Progressive Action — Colorado Progressive Action has joined with hundreds of nurses, doctors, small business owners, faith-based groups, people of color organizations, women’s groups, and seniors to demand and win a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for everyone. Through the Health Care for America Now! Campaign, CPA is mobilizing communities to ensure that the first order of [...]
Health Care for All Colorado — Health Care for All Colorado is a Colorado nonprofit organization working for universal health care under a single-payer system for all people living in Colorado.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Colorado.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Colorado -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Colorado.
Why health care reform is important to Colorado -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Colorado.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Colorado -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Colorado.
Consumer’s guide to getting and keeping health insurance in Colorado — Links to Georgetown University’s guide to health insurance in Colorado in PDF form, last updated January 2006.
Colorado population statistics from the US Census Bureau, 2010 Census — Colorado population statistics from the US Census Bureau, 2010 Census
Colorado mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Colorado -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $227 per family in 2012.
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Colorado Public Radio — Colorado will charge a 1.4 percent fee on health insurance policies to help fund the exchange. The exchange board may also sell advertising and provide services to other state exchange to meet estimated annual operating costs of $22 to $24 million.
10/19/2012 2:10 PM
Colorado Springs Business Journal — Tony Gagliardi, executive director of the Colorado chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), said NFIB is meeting regularly with the exchange board. “They’re headed in the right direction.”
09/16/2012 9:09 PM
Kaiser Health News — A group working to select the model for health coverage sold on the Colorado health insurance exchange – or Colorado Health Benefit Exchange – is making progress and experiencing little conflict. Colorado expects to submit its selection and receive approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within the next several weeks.
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