Coloradans are falling through the cracks.
The medically underserved are people with life circumstances that make them susceptible to falling through the cracks in our health care system. Many do not have health insurance or cannot afford it; those who do have insurance sometimes face insufficient coverage. The medically underserved also include those who have trouble accessing health care for any reason. They are people who have illnesses or disabilities that have extended their need for care beyond their coverage, or people who live in remote areas where health services are scarce. As our health care system has become more complex and more difficult to navigate, even people with insurance and lots of resources can be underserved.
Too many Coloradans are still medically underserved.
According to the latest research, around 1.2 million Coloradans are uninsured or underinsured, even after the implementation of coverage expansions as part of the Affordable Care Act. The same research also shows that many Coloradans don’t have a place they usually go to for their care (13%) or know how to get health insurance coverage to make care possible (14%). Additionally, many Coloradans face barriers to good health and health care based on their income, education, race or ethnicity, or other social factors. There are many reasons someone may end up being underserved. We believe there are also many ways to help.