13 Dec 2013

Continued Focus on Childrens’ Coverage Needed as Health Reform Rolls Out in Colorado

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New Report Details State’s Successes in Kids Health Coverage, Identifies Seven Priorities for Future

PRESS RELEASE – December 13, 2013 – A coalition of child health advocates today urged Colorado policy makers to continue working toward covering all kids as health reform is implemented. Colorado has made great strides toward its goal of providing quality, affordable health care coverage for all children, according to a new report from the All Kids Covered Coalition. Advocates and policy makers should consider seven key areas of focus to ensure Colorado maximizes the potential of health reform to benefit kids and doesn’t lose ground on coverage for children as the health insurance system is overhauled.

The report, The Future of Children’s Health Care Coverage in Colorado, details conditions in the past few years that helped reduce the number of uninsured children—including a shared commitment to children’s health care among the state’s leaders, regardless of party affiliation.  

“Health reform has created more opportunities to help Colorado’s families—especially children—get the health care coverage they need to stay healthy,” said Cody Belzley, Vice President for Health Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “But advocates must remain vigilant to ensure that priorities for children aren’t lost during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”

The report’s key considerations include:

  • Continued attention to children’s health coverage. Champions for children’s health care—elected officials, health care providers, community leaders and advocates—must continue to monitor how implementation of health reform and the ACA are impacting affordability, access and quality of coverage for kids.
  • The future of coverage for children currently enrolled in Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). An important question regarding health coverage for children is what future coverage options would be available to the approximately 70,000 Colorado kids served by CHP+ today if Congress discontinues funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at the federal level.

The impact of complex coverage for families with health insurance of various types. Research has shown that when parents have coverage, the enrollment and take-up rate of eligible children being enrolled in coverage is greater, so child advocates must pay attention to how successful expansions for families are implemented.

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