We should continue to require insurance companies to offer small employers and individuals low-cost health insurance policies that provide basic services and protect families from excessive medical expenses.
Colorado???s governor and legislature should commit to taking the necessary actions to reform our health care system so all Coloradans have access to a core set of affordable, quality health care services. We should identify the most promising ideas for improving our health care system and put them into action.
How did this happen? What is at stake? What can be done? This booklet offers answers to these questions. One thing is clear. With the budget cuts forced in health care and public health programs, Colorado's fiscal crisis can be hazardous to your health.
The Roaring Fork Valley has a higher median income and lower rate of poverty than the rest of the state. However, the number of area residents who lack health insurance or rely solely on public insurance ??? nearly one in every four ??? is near the state average.
The San Luis Valley faces some of the greatest health care challenges in the state. Health care providers serve an area that encompasses about 8,000 square miles. The majority of people served, residents, migrants and seasonal farm workers, rely on public health insurance or have no health insurance coverage at all.
Weld County is growing faster than any other metropolitan area in the nation. Weld County is the third leading agricultural area in the nation, attracting an estimated 6,000 migrant workers every season. Rapid growth means a great demand is placed on the county???s health infrastructure.
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs projects the Grand Valley to grow faster than the Front Range over the next 25 years. Most growth has come in unincorporated areas of the Grand Valley, increasing demand to extend urban health care services to rural areas.