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Making Sense of New Numbers: Webinar and Reference Materials

Recordings and resources from the Colorado Health Institute’s two-part “Making Sense of New Numbers” webinar are available here.

Are you confused by all the recent reports on uninsured Coloradans? How on Earth can you measure access to care levels?

The Colorado Health Institute is hosting a two-part webinar delving into these issues.  Part one of this webinar was held on November 18, 2015; part two will air on December 3, 2015.  Recordings of both webinars, as well as copies of the presentation and resources referenced in each, will be available on this page.

Part One: At Any Rate – What Do Different Data Sources Tell Us About the Number of Uninsured Coloradans?

Despite their differences, these estimates are closer than you think.  In this webinar, Jeff Bontrager and Emily Johnson lead a discussion of the latest data sources on uninsurance in Colorado.  We discuss the alphabet soup of data sources – CHAS, ACS, CPS, BRFSS and others – and talk about when it makes sense to use them.  A quick guide to these data sources is also available for download on this page.

Part Two: Making Access Accessible – How Do We Paint the Picture of Access to Care in Colorado?

Arguably, access to health care is a much more complicated concept to measure than insurance coverage. A patient must have a medical provider in his or her community, transportation to get there and funds to afford whatever out-of-pocket costs are involved. In addition, the chances that a person will get the care that they need are improved when they have adequate health insurance that is accepted by their provider. Jeff Bontrager and Nina Roumell will help you understand what the tools on access to care are really saying – including the hot-off-the-press 2015 Colorado Access to Care Index.