Dear friends and partners,
The Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved has been proudly convening the Connect to Coverage, Connect to Care Campaign since April 2011. As a result of this Campaign’s great work, we had a successful implementation of the limited Medicaid expansion for low-income adults without dependent children and we are on our way to increasing the eligibility levels to 133% for this same population (as well as for parents).
Much work has been done to reach this point in the implementation process, and coverage will very soon be a reality for many people who have lacked coverage for years. We have spent some time reflecting on our successes, and for a variety of reasons, we’ve decided that the Campaign has accomplished its mission and the time is right for this group to conclude in March 2014.
There remains much work ahead to increase awareness of these new coverage options and how to enroll in them, for the system to make that process as painless as possible, and for providers to care for these new patients. As someone who engaged in this work either through our monthly meetings or our listserv, we want to make sure you can continue to engage in the ongoing work. Covering Kids and Families will continue to focus on eligibility, outreach, and enrollment for kids and parents, along with monitoring and proposing solutions for strong implementation of the ACA in Colorado. They welcome your insights and participation in their work groups, or by subscribing to their monthly newsletter. To sign up for their communications, please visit this page.
CCMU recognizes that the “connect to care” piece is more important than ever with the expansion in coverage and is an outstanding issue that needs intentional focus and action. We will now be dedicating freed-up resources to this work. If you wish to continue to engage with us, you do not have to take action—you can remain on this listserv and we will reach out to you once we have a structure for communications formalized.
In the next few months, we will be focusing on these key actions and outputs for the smoothest conclusion of this work:
- Ensuring successful transition of waitlisted AwDC, as well as those who applied between 10/2013 and 12/2013, into new MAGI adult coverage
- Ensuring “hand-offs” of Campaign partners to the group of their interest (eligibility versus access)
- Sharing our experience and accomplishments with Campaign partners via a publication and summary data dashboard
We are happy to talk to anyone that may have general thoughts or questions about what the conclusion of this project means for your work and how you can stay engaged—please contact Aubrey Hill via email (Aubrey.email@example.com).
Aubrey Hill and the Connect Campaign Leadership Team