One shift to our approach to policy advocacy was including housing, food access, and other non-health care legislation in our analysis of health policy.
The government is currently planning to change “public charge” rules in a way that will affect access to public programs for both citizens and immigrants.
As I look back on the 2018 legislative session, two big successes stand out to me. First, we moved parts of our policy change agenda forward despite some challenging opposition, and second, we were able to work with legislators across different content areas, moving beyond just those focused on health care issues.
The first time I entered the Colorado State Capitol I was immediately intimidated by the trappings of power in the place—I felt small and insignificant. But, as I’ve continued to do this work, the Capitol has become much less frightening because of how much I’ve learned about the legislative process.
I’ve been reflecting on the mixed messages we’re sending patients about where and how they should access health care. The message we’re sending is that urgent and emergency care is faster, more convenient, and higher quality than primary care.