Improve health care coverage

Why is this important to Colorado?

  • Health insurance covers essential health benefits critical to maintaining a healthy life.
  • Health care coverage covers critical treatments of illnesses and accidents.
  • Health care coverage protects Coloradans from unexpected, high medical costs.
  • Uninsured individuals are less likely to receive quality, timely care and have worse health outcomes.
  • Health care coverage is critical to accessing quality health care.
  • Health care coverage is one of the primary determinants of health that influences health equity.

How do we measure success?

  • Decrease the percent of uninsured Coloradans from 14.3 percent in June 2013 to 5.0 percent in 2018.  
Status Outcome Measure

Outcome Baseline

(June 2013)


(June 2015)


(June 2017)

Outcome Target Target Date


Coloradans with health insurance (uninsured rate) 14.3% 6.7% 6.5% 5.0% 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              Source: Colorado Health Institute

What actions are we taking?


While Colorado has mobilized the Affordable Care Act to provide much needed relief for over 500,000 Coloradans, there remain pockets within the state where Health Insurance is still out of reach because of the high cost.  High health care costs, especially in the rural resort areas of the state, contribute to high insurance premiums.  The State has initiated conversations in 2016 to advance changes in legislation, regulatory authority, and local initiatives that will lead to reduced costs over time.  Other actions include the following:

  • The Division of Insurance (DORA) creates a fair and robust health insurance market, while working to create stability specifically in the individual (non-employer) market.
  • Stabilize the end-to-end customer experience on Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange.
  • Grow the Connect for Health Colorado customer base.
  • Process Medicaid applications accurately and efficiently. Approximately 55% of applications for Medicaid receive a real time eligibility determination.  The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) is strengthening its training and technical support to counties and assistance sites that help members of the public apply for medical benefits.
  • In addition, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) sends leads to Connect for Health Colorado for outreach to individuals who have recently become ineligible for Medicaid due to increased income. Since 2013 HCPF has referred 2,838,674 individuals to the health insurance exchange, with 50,369 referrals in July 2017.