Colorado is better when everyone has access to the health care services they need to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

The Coalition grew out of the Committee on the Medically Underserved at the Colorado Medical Society. Launched at the Caring for Colorado’s Medically Underserved conference in March 1997, the Coalition has been a home for those who are passionate about and dedicated to creating justice and equity in our health care system.

For all that have been a part of our work and share our vision for a healthier state, thank you–we invite you to continue the journey with us until we reach our common destination.

Our History: 1997 – 2015

1997

EventCaring for Colorado’s Medically Underserved This conference launched CCMU into existence as part of the Colorado Medical Society. It has continued on as an annual event, attended by hundreds each year.

1998

Publication“A Plan for Colorado: Meeting the Needs of the Medically Underserved” This report was a roadmap for achieving the vision of access to affordable, quality health care, and preventative care programs.

1999

ProjectCommunity Development Subcommittee This committee was formed to foster collaboration between the general public and provider community.

 

Publication“Organizing Your Community to Improve Health” This guidebook for communities was designed to help them meet the needs of the medically underserved.

2000

Event“Healthy Colorado Now!” Tour This ambitious statewide tour of 20 town halls let CCMU hear from over 1,000 people on how to best provide health care coverage and access for every Coloradan.

 

ProjectLegislative Subcommittee The Health Policy Committee allowed CCMU to focus on relevant legislation and other policy developments.

2003

MilestoneNonprofit Incorporation Incorporation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit allowed CCMU to move beyond research and analysis into action.

 

EventCaring for Colorado’s Medically Underserved Although this conference was held every year, in 2003 it was a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that drew an extra large crowd of nearly 500.

 

EventStreamlining Colorado’s Health Care System These conferences brought together current leaders to discuss how to improve Colorado’s health care system.

2004

LegislationAmendment 35 / Colorado Tobacco Tax Act This act brought critical new resources to support health promotion, disease prevention, and public coverage.

 

MilestoneOffice Space Central Presbyterian gifted CCMU a downtown office.

2007

ProjectAll Kids Covered This collaborative began working to help pass legislation. It remains CCMU’s main conduit for child-related policy work.

 

ProjectKidBlitz This program was created as a volunteer-based effort to help families learn about and enroll in Medicaid & CHP+

2009

LegislationColorado Health Care Affordability Act This act included key expansions in coverage for Coloradans and support for the health care safety net.

2010

Aurora Health Access CCMU is a leading member of this community coalition which aims to improve Aurora’s health care system.

 

Colorado HealthStory This three-organization partnership formed to bring communities together around shared stories of health.

2011

LegislationSenate Bill 200 This bill created the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. CCMU’s Executive Director was appointed to the Board.

 

Connect to Coverage, Connect to Care Campaign CCMU leads this group to assist with implementation of the Medicaid expansion to low-income adults.

2012

Colorado Network of Health Alliances CCMU formed this group, made up of health alliances around the state, to capacity, visibility, and efficiency of their collective work.

 

15-Year Anniversary We celebrated fifteen years of serving Colorado with a new website, logo, and a gathering of all our supporters from throughout the years.

2013

LegislationSenate Bill 200 This bill expanded Medicaid in accordance with federal law to all Coloradans with incomes below 133% FPL.

 

LegislationSenate Bill 242 This bill added an adult dental benefit to Medicaid, increasing access to oral health care.

 

Insuring Our Future CCMU was part of the leadership team of this group, who came together in support of Medicaid.

 

Publication“Video: The Art of Health Care” This video illustrating the social determinants of health in a clinical setting broadened CCMU’s health equity work.

 

PublicationHealth Perspectives Infographic Series This series illustrating health from the perspectives of several different populations increased awareness of CCMU and our work.

2014

LegislationSenate Bill 144 This bill created more residency slots in rural and underserved areas, increasing access in underserved areas of our state.

 

LegislationSenate Bill 187 This bill created a 12-member bipartisan and diverse commission to analyze and make recommendations on addressing key cost drivers in health care.

 

Health is Local This project followed four communities through the first year of health reform implementation in order to report on the legislation’s impact.

 

LegislationState Innovation Model Grant Colorado was awarded a $65 million federal grant, an application process CCMU participated in, to integrate primary care and behavioral health.

2015 and beyond...

The Future Now with six staff, CCMU is recognized as a high-functioning change agent and thought leader. The future is bright!

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