Colorado is within reach of covering all kids, Cody Belzley, Children’s Campaign’s Vice President of Health Initiatives, wrote in an editorial published this week by Health Policy Solutions.
“We still have about 120,000 uninsured kids in our state,” Belzley wrote. “But the momentum is in our favor. Covering all Colorado kids is within reach, if we’re willing to invest the resources—time, money and political capital—to do it.” Legislators and administrative officials can take four key steps in 2013 to demonstrate their continued commitment to health care coverage for kids:
- Approve the Medicaid expansion made possible under the Affordable Care Act.
- Continue to streamline and simplify the application, enrollment and re-enrollment processes for Medicaid and CHP+ so families can more easily access the services they need to stay healthy.
- Take steps to ensure that once kids get covered they stay covered.
- Ensure the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange is in a strong position to serve all families, particularly low-income families who may be shopping for health insurance for the first time.
Ensuring all children can get the care they need, when they need it is not too much to ask. Getting all kids covered is the first step to ensuring access to reliable, high-quality and affordable care they need to grow up healthy and strong. We have made great progress in Colorado over the last five years and with continued investment, we can finish the job.