Ed Sealover, Denver Business Journal
The percentage of Coloradans without health insurance has fallen by more than half over the past two years — but the drop is due almost entirely to a surge in Medicaid enrollment, as the number of people insured by small companies especially has fallen drastically over that period.
That was one of the most findings standout from the 2015 Colorado Health Access Survey, released Tuesday by the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) and The Colorado Trust.
Despite the gains in insurance rates, health-care advocates still noted some disturbing trends in the survey.
Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, said the differing trend lines on underinsurance and bankruptcies show that progress is being made, especially in getting people insured at all. But they also prove work still remains, he said.
“We’re going to need to look at whether some of those co-pay costs make sense,” Fox said. “But we have far more Coloradans who are covered, which is a good thing for the system as a whole.”
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