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Colorado's Health Care Safety Net

Colorado’s health care safety net, the network of clinics and providers that care for the most vulnerable residents, is growing and changing. CHI takes a look at the system.
Published: August 23, 2016 | Updated: August 20, 2019

Colorado’s health care safety net, the network of clinics and providers that care for the most vulnerable residents, is growing and changing. To better understand the changes in Colorado’s health care safety net, it is necessary to understand its structure.

The Safety Net Primer (available at right) explains the elements of the state’s health care safety net, who uses its services, and how the system is funded.

For several years, the Colorado Health Institute regularly convened Safety Net Advisory Committee (SNAC) Learning Labs to discuss. More information on those, and a summary of presentations and discussions, are available here.

SNAC Labs

CHI convened a group of safety net experts several times a year for SNAC Labs. The group studied emerging topics and concerns in safety net care. Topics have included a comparison of Medicaid accountable care in Oregon and Colorado, a study of the motivations of Medicaid members who use the emergency department, and the status of opioid treatment programs around the state.

Each meeting is recapped in a CHI publication called Food for Thought. Click here to explore meetings from past months and years.