Continued Focus on Children’s Coverage Needed as Health Reform Rolls Out in Colorado

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 13, 2013

A coalition of child health advocates today urged Colorado policy makers to continue working toward covering all kids as health reform is implemented. Colorado has made great strides toward its goal of providing quality, affordable health care coverage for all children, according to a new report from the All Kids Covered Coalition. Advocates and policy makers should consider seven key areas of focus to ensure Colorado maximizes the potential of health reform to benefit kids and doesn’t lose ground on coverage for children as the health insurance system is overhauled.

The report, The Future of Children’s Health Care Coverage in Colorado, details conditions in the past few years that helped reduce the number of uninsured children—including a shared commitment to children’s health care among the state’s leaders, regardless of party affiliation.

“Health reform has created more opportunities to help Colorado’s families—especially children—get the health care coverage they need to stay healthy,” said Cody Belzley, Vice President for Health Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “But advocates must remain vigilant to ensure that priorities for children aren’t lost during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”

The full report is available on the All Kids Covered website, along with an executive summary.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.