The Connect Campaign was initially formed in 2011 to fulfill the promise of coverage and care for newly Medicaid eligible low-income adults without dependent children. Over time, we had broadened the Campaign’s focus to ensure Medicaid’s ability to cover and care for all of its populations efficiently and effectively. To be successful, we will need systems that work, concerted community outreach and enrollment efforts, and ready and accepting care providers.
Colorado has been working to fulfill the promise of two historic health care laws–the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the federal level and the Health Care Affordability Act at the state level. Combined, the laws strengthened Colorado’s safety net coverage by expanding Medicaid up to 133% of poverty for adults under 65 years of age. New Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults will create the opportunity for more continuous care, more preventive services, and a better response to health needs as they arise.
Key Data Points:
- 85% of Coloradans said they were uninsured because the cost of health insurance was too high (CHAS).
- The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing estimated that more than 160,000 Coloradans would be enrolled as a result of these two laws (HCPF).
Additionally, through the initiatives of both federal and state lawmakers, Colorado has the opportunity to improve our current enrollment systems and access to care for the covered. The Connect Campaign afforded diverse groups the ability to actively and creatively solve difficult issues now, and to think through best practices for the future.
CCMU convened the Campaign as a collaborative effort with organizations who have shown a high level of engagement. By agreeing to work together, we worked to achieve the promise of coverage and care for the newly eligible.