With 28 member organizations, the Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) represents one in four Coloradans, or 1.2 million citizens, who live with a chronic disease.
Preventative and education program cuts — We believe chronic disease support programs should be supported for their valuable contribution to the health of the population.
Long-term care — The less costly and preferred alternative is to encourage clients to stay at home for as long as they can before being admitted into a long-term care facility. Because home health services require personnel to enter a client’s home, we encourage state regulation measures to ensure maximum consumer safety.
Limited insurance coverage — Mandate-free or mandate-light plans may reduce the numbers of uninsured due to more affordable premiums, however, the chronically ill need continual medications, physician visits, and routine examinations which extend beyond the benefit cap and could cause serious medical debt.
- Open access to psychiatric medications — Those who have a chronic disease tend to develop depression due to the diagnosis. Psychiatric medications are often part of successful treatment, so it is important that there are no restrictions to medications. Medicaid preferred drug lists can limit potential treatment success.
Contact the Chapter's Public Policy Coordinator Matt Pfeifer at 303-698-5435 for more information or to get more involved.