Visiting (Virtually) with Rural Colorado Communities

To Our Valued Stakeholders,
One of Connect for Health Colorado’s strategic goals is to advocate to improve access to coverage in rural areas of Colorado. Generally, every year around this time, I hit the road and visit many rural communities around the state to hear updates from communities and share insights about the upcoming Open Enrollment Period.

This year, the challenges of face-to-face visits are leading me to have these conversations virtually. I’m thankful for the opportunity to still “see” our partners, community leaders and local policy makers outside of Denver. Last week, I spoke with the Western & Rural Colorado Health Care Coalition, and in the next few weeks, I will be presenting to the Mountain Family Health Centers Board and leadership, the Mesa County Health Leadership Consortium, Colorado Healthcare Strategy & Management, and other groups.

Through these presentations and conversations, I am sharing my thoughts about the role of Connect for Health during and after the pandemic, how we’re partnering with state agencies to reach people who’ve lost their job and need coverage, and setting the stage for the upcoming Open Enrollment Period, which is quickly approaching!

On the National Front
I also spoke at a conference hosted by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) to share how we’re proactively engaged in our state’s response to health policy and finding innovative ways to reach new customers. You can watch the panel here.

Hope you all stay healthy and well!

Be well,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado