700+ Coloradans participated in statewide focus groups and forums

Media Advisory
For Monday, March 19, 2012
Contact:  Jenny Davies-Schley, 720-296-9545

DENVER – On Monday leaders from Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and CoPIRG will release a report detailing feedback from more than 700 Coloradans about the creation of a new competitive health insurance marketplace known as the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange (COHBE) – press events will be held in Denver, Durango, Grand Junction, Steamboat, Glenwood Springs, Salida, Gunnison and Colorado Springs.

Generated by forums and focus groups, the findings will provide a road map for how the COHBE can best work for Colorado consumers and small businesses.  These leaders will present the report to the COHBE board on March 26, 2012.


Rudy Gonzales, Servicios de la Raza Executive Director 
Sarah McGuire, CU-Denver student who coordinated Auraria campus forums
Maggie Dunham, University of Denver student who coordinated DU forums
Kirsten Schatz, Central Presbyterian Church member who coordinated church forum

WHAT:   Release of report detailing the input of 700+ Coloradans about the hopes and needs of consumers in the development and implementation of the Colorado Health Insurance Exchange

WHEN:   Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Servicios de la Raza, 4055 Tejon St., Denver (previous forum location)

WHY:   To announce the release of this report that will inform the COHBE board and staff about what Colorado health care consumers want and need to inform the development and implementation of the Colorado Health Insurance Exchange

VISUALS: Large map of Colorado showing the location of the five focus groups and 32 forums held around the state; Servicios de la Raza was one of the forum sites

Colorado Center on Law and Policy is an advocacy organization promoting justice, economic security, access to health care and sound fiscal policy.

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative represents 30+ Colorado health organizations with more than 500,000 health care consumer members, advocating for affordable, accessible, quality health care for all Coloradans.

CoPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests when they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.


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