Health care and coverage need to be affordable for Coloradans.
Being able to pay for health insurance and health care services is an important part of having the opportunity to live a healthy life. However, many Coloradans face high health care costs, making it difficult to be both healthy and economically secure. Currently, the U.S. spends more on health care than all other high-income countries, but has worse health outcomes, due to inefficient health care delivery and too little spending on social services that improve health. Colorado is leading the way in innovative approaches in reshaping the health system and increasing transparency for consumers, such as with the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care. Center for Health Progress is working on community- and person-centered solutions to lower costs for individuals and reduce health care costs in the system at large.
We believe that empowering Coloradans to discuss cost of care with their health care providers will lead to more equitable and affordable health care. Center for Health Progress, in partnership with Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, University of Colorado Health, Kids First Health Care, Cultivando, and Clinica Colorado, received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a pilot project that trains providers on how to discuss costs with patients and measures any changed perceptions on quality of care.
Health Systems Transformation
Across Colorado, there are dozens of pilot projects and experimental initiatives aiming to fix different aspects of the health care system, from lowering costs to improving access to care. Colorado’s commitment to creating a stronger health care system is exciting; however, decisions about how to improve the health care system are largely being made without the involvement of people who use the health care system. In 2016, we launched the Health Systems Transformation (HST) Coalition with the goal of uniting consumers and consumer advocates to make HST more patient-centered, because the best health care system is the one designed by the people who use it.
For more information, contact our Executive Director, Joe Sammen.