To acknowledge, support and advocate for Colorado’s health care safety nets, in partnership with ClinicNET and the Colorado Rural Health Center, Health Care Aware Colorado participating in the 5th annual Colorado Safety Net Clinic Week from Aug. 18 – 22.
Every year, Colorado’s Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and Rural Health Centers (RHCs) provide an estimated 878,000 visits to approximately 332,000 Colorado residents, many in rural and underserved parts of our state. The clinics primarily serve low income, vulnerable, at-risk Coloradans who are uninsured, underinsured or insured through public programs like Medicare, Medicaid or subsidized health plans purchased through Connect for Health Colorado.
CSNCs and RHCs do not receive any supplemental federal funding to provide services to uninsured or underinsured patients. Safety net clinics need the support of the community as well as local, state and national leaders to meet the current and changing health care needs of the residents of our community.
During this time of such rapid change in health care in Colorado, the significance of supporting health care safety net clinics cannot be overstated. We think your readers and the community at large would be interested in learning more about our mission and model, the patients we serve, our successes and challenges and our unique role in the community.
Be a part of the conversation. One of the best ways you can help affect legislation to promote health care expansion into rural and under-served Colorado communities is to contact your legislator. Click here to take action.