Target: Representative Diana DeGette
Goal: Eliminate ineffective and unfair “managed care” system for Medicaid recipients in Eastern Colorado
The passage of President Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was a significant win for millions of under- and uninsured Americans. With it came the promise that any working American, regardless of the beneficence of their employer, would have access to affordable, quality medical care. While this promise has become reality for patients lucky enough to live in states with well-managed Medicaid systems, for many others, like new Medicaid recipients in Eastern Colorado, it has meant only additional paperwork.
Denver Health Medicaid, which covers four counties along Colorado’s densely populated front range, is a managed care system, which means that recipients can only go to Denver Health facilities for any and all of their medical needs. Although many of these patients are newly insured thanks to the ACA and are thus required to have a primary care physician, the waitlist for primary care doctors in the Denver Health system is 7,000 names long. This means that nearly a quarter of the 30,000 newly insured Coloradans have health insurance that they cannot use. Many of these people could see a doctor tomorrow if they were allowed to use their insurance at other facilities, and since they haven’t been able to get care through Denver Health, they wind up visiting other urgent care centers and emergency rooms when they are ill. Since most Medicaid recipients still cannot afford to pay for these visits out of pocket, these clinics and hospitals swallow the cost for the care that taxpayer dollars are paying Denver Health to provide.
According to the Colorado doctor who is spearheading this movement, “I have witnessed hundreds of cases of disease progressing because clients could not get into Denver Health appointments.” He adds, “the outdated Managed Care Medicaid concept has failed to save money. Ending it now allows us to find more providers to see Medicaid patients, to focus on new Medicaid initiatives such as the Accountable Care Collaborative, and to free tens of thousands of Coloradans to get the care promised to them by the Affordable Care Act.”
Please sign this petition to support this movement and get Colorado Medicaid recipients the medical care they need.
Dear Representative DeGette,
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a great boon for millions of Americans, there are those for whom the system is not working. Many of these people are in your own state of Colorado. As Medicaid recipients, they are already among those most in need of basic medical care, and yet the system that has been put in place to provide this care has proven to be an inefficient and poorly run monopoly.
Many of these newly-insured Coloradans could take advantage of their shiny new healthcare plans if they were allowed to see providers outside of the Denver Health managed care system. Please work with your fellow legislators to find alternatives to managed care for the thousands of patients who may never make it off the waitlist.
[Your Name Here]
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