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Navigating the economic and political environment to expand health coverage for the uninsured in Denver

Douglas L. Clinkscales, Director of Managed Care, Denver Health, 660 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80204, 303 436-7253, dclinkscales@dhha.org

More than 44,000 of the estimated 70,000 uninsured adults in Denver are employed. Denver Health, the public safety net system in Denver, in collaboration with the Denver City Council and the Mayor’s office engaged in a collaborative effort to investigate the feasibility of creating health coverage for uninsured employers and employees within the City and County of Denver. A grant of $50,000 from a city councilperson funded the process. A multidisciplinary task force convened to explore creative models to enable Denver employers to provide health care coverage for their employees. The task force examined possible funding mechanisms for the program. Initially, the task force reviewed local uninsurance data as well as local and national efforts to expand health coverage, including a small business product previously offered by Denver Health. An analysis of current and potential legislation to support the implementation of the model was conducted. The process and outcome of this collaborative effort to create health coverage for uninsured working adults in Denver will be presented in detail at the conference.

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Keywords: Access to Health Care, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Employed by Denver Health

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Social/Behavior: Improving Access to Care in the Current Political and Economic Environment

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA