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Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus members, we need your voice!
We have created two Member Experience Advisory Councils (Advisory Councils) for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) members to get involved.
The purpose of the In-Person and Virtual Advisory Councils is to help us develop a culture of person-centeredness by engaging the voices of members and their families and caregivers who are not usually at the table.
Our goal is that the Advisory Councils represent the diversity of the Health First Colorado and/or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) membership.
We are looking for people who bring personal member experiences and are not actively engaged with us in another forum or stakeholder group. Preference will be given to those individuals who do not represent an advocacy organization – either paid or unpaid.
I am currently a Medicaid recipient and have found Health First to be an excellent healthcare and dental provider. I have gotten wonderful care and the coverage provided has been phenomenal. I am very excited to be on the Member Experience Advisory Council and hope that I can provide valuable input to help increase awareness to others.
When I became pregnant, for the first time, at 40 years old, I applied to Medicaid because I needed access to good, prenatal care. My husband, son and I have been on Medicaid as a family since my son was born. We feel fortunate and grateful to have access to Health First Colorado.
My experience with this program has been diverse and deep. My son had surgery at 29 days old. My husband is chronically ill and requires over $4,000 per month of medications to function through his daily life. We understand the ins and outs, pros and cons, of Health First Colorado, because we access it almost daily, it seems.
I believe any great insurance program is about providing benefits that are comprehensive, presented on a platform that is easy to navigate and understand, both for the insured and their medical practitioner, who was chosen from a vast array of qualified professionals.
My name is Jayneanne Finch. I am 24 years old and joined the Member Experience Advisory Council for a few reasons: I am a former foster youth and receive Colorado Medicaid for foster youth, my work is centered around youth organizing for foster youth, and lastly, I am a young person. I want to be a part of this council so that I may help bridge a connection between Medicaid professionals and the foster youth they serve and to be a voice at the table for all young people.
Laura Jane Landis is a retired mental health counselor (LPC). She has worked in community mental health, child and adult inpatient psych and drug/alcohol services, private practice, Employee Assistance Programs and Managed Care/Utilization Management for both private and Medicaid behavioral health and facility based Utilization Review.
She is a member of the GLBTIQ community. She is on the board of directors of More Maitri, Inc, a non-profit agency serving people with intellectual disabilities.
I am a family leader looking to help future generations achieve ultimate wealth by investing my time into healthcare issues among seniors and minors. I advocate for those who are unaware of systematic issues and those who have suffered injustices, in order to make the healthcare system a win-win for everyone. My children and I have been recipients of Heath First Colorado for 10 years now and have found it to helpful to our family but have also encountered issues that could be made better. I dedicate my time to the betterment of my community and it starts with our health.
Hello my name is Brian Story. I am 47 years old and have been diagnosed with spina bifida with hydrocephalous and scoliosis. I am have been a self-advocate for a long time and have lived in Colorado now for almost 3 years. I am on Health First Colorado, and I have Medicare also. I heard about the Member Experience Advisory Council through Colorado Access. I used to be a Consumer Advocate for a program in California Called Regional Center of Orange County. I love being a champion for the differently-abled because I love people and helping them.
At 38, I found myself afraid and nervous, as I was told that my pregnancy was high risk. I knew that I would be visiting with not doctors, but maternal experts. I applied for Medicaid in hopes of having the best care for my unborn child and myself. After multiple visits to maternal specialists, several emergency visits, (faith & hope), and excellent health care insurance, I became a grateful mother for the first time.
Medicaid provided me with the excellent care that my daughter and I received for the first two years of her life. Now as a single mom, my daughter is on CHP+ and has been with the same doctor she had as a two week old. I am so grateful to Medicaid/CHP+ because I continue to utilize the best care possible for her. In fact, that is one of the main reasons I wanted to be part of this committee, so that I can let others know what a blessing this insurance has been for us.
To Be Determined
Reasonable accommodations for the meetings will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Please contact the Program Administrator at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting if you need accommodations.