We shape, impact, and advance good public policy.
We work at the state Capitol and with state agencies administering Medicaid and other important public health programs, to ensure Colorado’s public policies help Coloradans achieve their best health. We also collaborate with hospitals, clinics, and providers to ensure they optimize the health of their patients. By bringing together diverse leaders and partners, we amplify our impact and accelerate change toward a health care system that works for everyone.
Our legislative efforts have secured a number of major policy victories, and our leadership has allowed us to strategically amplify the voices of Coloradans, especially those who have been historically left out of the policy-making process.
Each year, we focus our policy advocacy efforts on the issues that are most pressing to achieve health equity. These priorities, along with input from our board, health policy committee, and grassroots membership, guide our action at the Capitol. For the 2019 legislative session, we prioritized:
- Improving immigrant health – We will support legislation and budgetary items that increase access to care for immigrants and/or promote immigrant safety. We do this work as part of a diverse coalition of health care and immigrant rights advocates.
- Addressing the “upstream” factors that affect health outcomes – We will support legislation that specifically addresses social determinants of health that directly correlate with the greatest health inequities. This year, we will focus on issues related to affordable housing, tenant rights, and non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT).
- Including “upstream” factors in payment reform mechanisms – We will support payment reform legislation that moves health care systems to address social determinants of health, with the end goal of improving health equity.
Learn about the bills and issues we faced in the most recent session, as well as in past years’ sessions:
+ 2019 Session
+ 2018 Election
+ Past Session Summaries
+ 2016 Election
Health Policy Committee
Our Health Policy Committee has a finger on the pulse of current and upcoming Colorado legislation that both directly and indirectly affects health. These providers, clinic administrators, consumer advocates, and lobbyists ensure that we have well-informed data and perspectives to drive our health policy advocacy.
- MEMBERSHIP – Any interested individual or organization may join our policy committee by joining as a Center for Health Progress member!
If you want to learn more about our policy advocacy work, please contact our Policy Specialist, Chris Klene.