AURORA, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Public officials and community leaders, including those from Governor Hickenlooper’s staff, are getting a first-hand look at Colorado’s community safety net health care clinics which provide quality health care services to thousands of low-income, uninsured and underinsured Colorado residents in urban and rural communities. Even though federal funding and enhanced reimbursement is largely unavailable to them, 95 Colorado Community Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and Federally Certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are able to provide essential health care to approximately 300,000 Coloradans who otherwise would not have access to essential care.
“All parts of the safety net and its varied models of care delivery are essential to health care access and the provision of high quality care for low income, newly insured, uninsured and underinsured Coloradans”
The visits are in conjunction with Colorado’s Fourth Annual Safety Net Clinic Week, August 19 – 23.
ClinicNET Executive Director, Sharon Adams, said one size does not fit all in the health care safety net.
“All parts of the safety net and its varied models of care delivery are essential to health care access and the provision of high quality care for low income, newly insured, uninsured and underinsured Coloradans,” Adams says. “With the ongoing expansion of Medicaid and a new opportunity in the fall for individuals to purchase insurance through Colorado’s health insurance marketplace (Connect for Health Colorado), our clinics will be more critical than ever before.”
Colorado Rural Health Center’s CEO Michelle Mills, said people often think all parts of the critical healthcare safety net are supported by federal funds, but the realities are startlingly different.
“Rural Health Clinics and Community Safety Net Clinics often receive very little if any federal funding; instead they rely on complex and vulnerable funding streams. Mobilizing efforts to ensure all safety net providers are recognized and adequately funded is essential to ensuring our ability to continue delivering care to some of the state’s most at-risk residents,” Mills explained.
Colorado’s Community Safety Net Clinics and federally certified Rural Health Clinics encompass 95 clinics throughout Colorado. Annually, Colorado’s CSNCs and RHCs provide an estimated 750,000 visits to approximately 300,000 Colorado residents, many in rural and underserved parts of our state. The clinics provide health care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Colorado residents.
At a Safety Net Clinic Week Kick-off event held at the Doctors Care clinic in Littleton yesterday, Katherine Blair of the Governor’s Office presented an official State of Colorado Proclamation of Safety Net Clinic Week to ClinicNET and the Colorado Rural Health Center (see attached photo.)
Incorporated in 2007, ClinicNET provides a collective advocacy voice for Colorado’s Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Community Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs). ClinicNET is committed to strengthening Colorado’s safety net by empowering organizations that provide health care to vulnerable populations. For more information about ClinicNET call 720-863-7800 or go to www.clinicnet.org.
About The Colorado Rural Health Center
The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is an independent, nonprofit, membership-based organization that serves as the State Office of Rural Health for Colorado. CRHC offers programs and services to ensure that rural communities have access to high quality health care services. For more on the Colorado Rural Health Center call 303-832-7493 or go to www.coruralhealth.org.