Health Care Workforce Initiatives and Resources

Access to cost-effective care is critical to progress on achieving the Triple Aim:

  • improving member health outcomes
  • improving member experience of health care
  • lowering costs

Health care reform, while moving us in the right direction, has also put pressure on Colorado’s health care system in general and on Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) provider capacity specifically. Access to cost-effective care is available for some Health First Colorado members, especially those in the Front Range and larger metro areas. However, in other areas of Colorado, primary and specialty care are not available, regardless of payer.

Here are some resources related to access to care for Health First Colorado members:

Health First Colorado is not alone in this challenge.  Health care workforce capacity is a problem across the country as our population ages and Health First Colorado programs are expanded. The Department actively participates in and supports many multi-agency initiatives, spanning both public and private healthcare.  Our collective efforts are designed to align with the Governor’s State of Health goal for Colorado to become the healthiest state in the U.S.