One of the best ways you can help affect legislation to promote health care access and expansion into rural and under-served Colorado communities is to tell your legislator why it is important to you. We have crafted the following messaging to help frame your calls and emails. When contacting your legislator, please be respectful and use the following talking points:
Our rural and frontier counties face important health care issues, including access and coverage, and health care professional shortages. You must continue to consider rural health issues when putting forth bills that drive up health care costs.
Consider the following facts:
Of Colorado’s 48 rural counties:
- 16 do not have a hospital
- Only 11 have an organized public health department
- 36 have only one public health nurse
Of Colorado’s 64 counties:
- 36 do not have OB/GYN care
- 25 have two or fewer dentists
- 15 have two or fewer physicians providing patient care
We ask that you please support legislation that supports our local doctor offices, safety net clinics and other medical practices so they can continue to provide high-quality health care services in our communities. Our families and businesses rely on it.
Colorado communities across the state thank you for your continued support.
Don’t know how to contact your legislator? Visit colorado.gov for a map of Colorado legislative districts and contact information.
What Else Can You Do to Help Improve Health Care Access?
Tell your friends! Use the following pre-crafted tweet or craft your own!
I just asked Colorado legislators to keep health care costs stable. http://bit.ly/1oKdduL #Coleg #cohealth #copolitics
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