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Legal Marijuana in Colorado

This brief by the Colorado Health Institute examines the policy decisions and regulatory framework created by Colorado for the legalized marijuana industry, which was launched in the state on January 1, 2014. read more

The Colorado Health Report Card

This annual report card updates Colorado's performance on 38 key health indicators.It focuses on five life stages - Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Children, Healthy Adolescents, Healthy Adults and Healthy Aging. The 2013 Colorado Health Report Card marks the eighth year that The Colorado… read more

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Colorado Children's Health Insurance Status

The Colorado Health Institute conducts an annual estimate of the number of children who are eligible for but not enrolled (EBNE) in the Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) public insurance program. read more

Colorado Health Insurance, Statewide and County Level, 2016

New Colorado Health Institute estimates of 2016 insurance coverage. Part of the "Health Reform in Colorado: From Policy to Reality" series. The Public Use File includes state and county-level estimates. The Fact Sheet is a primer on creating pie charts from the data. read more

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Sharing the Cost: A Changing Landscape

This paper provides a broad understanding of the theory and goals of cost-sharing, examines the evidence of its ability to curb costs, and looks at whether cost-sharing impacts the use of health care and, ultimately, health outcomes. read more

2014 Legislative Lunch & Learn Series

The 2014 Legislative Lunch & Learn Series featured presentations on health reform, Colorado's primary care workforce and market-based solutions to control health care costs. read more

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Colorado's Primary Care Workforce: A Study of Regional Disparities

This Colorado Health Institute study analyzed the primary care workforce and compared it across regions. The study found wide variations in workforce capacity across Colorado. read more

From Policy to Practice: Colorado’s Health Care Workforce and Safety Net

Access to medical care contributes to improved health and a reduced need for more costly medical care. The health care workforce and the safety net are two key aspects of the health care system that help determine if people have access to care. read more

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The Colorado Health Institute and its Safety Net Advisory Committee (SNAC) are engaged in a year-long learning laboratory called SNAC Labs 2012-13. The work is focused on Medicaid's Accountable Care Collaborative pilot program in Colorado and its potential as a transformative model… read more

Webinar: Colorado's Medicaid Toolbox: Approaches to Improving Quality and Controlling Costs

Colorado is addressing the dual challenges of reducing costs and improving quality in its Medicaid program through the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC). This webinar furthers the discussion by describing the care coordination approaches, payment reform opportunities, and early… read more

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Long-Term Services and Supports in Colorado: Piecing Together the Puzzle

CHI pieced together a ground-level view of Colorado's long-term services and supports (LTSS) system, illustrating how confusing and frustrating it can be to navigate. Understanding the system is the first step in the process for state leaders to make it more efficient and effective. read more

Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)

Colorado is involved in an extraordinary undertaking: bringing experts from across the state to develop a vision to transform our health care system. read more

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County Profiles

The Colorado Health Institute's Data Repository offers two options for county-level health data. A quick health profile - available by rolling over the individual county – gives a glimpse of population, household income, health insurance status and Medicaid and CHP+ enrollment. To delve deeper, click on the county to download spreadsheets with detailed demographic, health coverage and workforce data.

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