In late 2014, Center for Health Progress held a series of focus groups with different Medicaid populations to inform our response to the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) Request for Information (RFI) process. We collected direct quotes from the participants, organized them by topic, removed any personal identifiers, and submitted them to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
The content of each discussion was very different, due to the differences in the demographics and health care needs of each group, but the information we gathered provides important insight into the experiences of Medicaid patients, broadly. This report is a summary of the main issues raised by participants, which can be used to inform the systems change work being undertaken around the state.
Center for Health Progress visited a Mercy Housing property in Denver and had the opportunity to talk with 11 of their affordable housing residents. All are women, low-income, single, and have children. We asked general questions about the women’s experiences with Medicaid as health coverage, their ability to access health care for themselves and their families, their ability to navigate the enrollment system and care system, and other topics.
Read the ReportIn Focus: Medicaid