Looking back over the past year, Family Voices Colorado has a lot to be proud of – read on for some highlights of our achievements and impact in 2013, and a preview of what 2014 may bring.
Tom Rose, Executive Director, shares updates on existing and new programs: During the past year I have often been asked how Family Voices is weathering this time of transition, and what we are doing to prepare for the upcoming changes to the health care system. In case you, too, are curious, this is what we have been up to…
Suzette Elledge is the Program Manager for Health Coverage, formerly responsible for coordinating the Medical Home Certification program, moving into a role overseeing Family Voices’ involvement with the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Although her employment with Family Voices Colorado (FVC) began in 2009, she first got involved with us some 12 years ago, when her two sons, Jacob and Joshua, were diagnosed with autism.
Since 2011, with the support of The Colorado Health Foundation, Family Voices Colorado has been working on a pilot project to develop consistent tools and processes that support youth and young adults with special health care needs in the transition from pediatric to adult care. Our first tool is a Guide to Transition, now available.
Family Voices Colorado was recently approved to become an Assistance Site with Colorado’s Connect for Health Assistance Network, made up of 58 organizations providing in-person assistance to customers of the new health insurance marketplace starting in October.
For nearly four years, Family Voices Colorado has worked to assess and support a wide range of health care practices in becoming certified as medical homes. As we wrap up that contract, we celebrate the accomplishments of our team.
In our work to improve access to and quality of health care for children and youth with special health care needs and their families, we spend a lot of time telling stories about what families face. But it’s important to know what the numbers beyond those stories can tell us, too.
If you have questions about how “sequestration” affects health care programs, or would like to know more about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado, check out these updates and resources.
Read the HHS letter to providers about HIPAA in relation to threats to safety; sign up for a webinar from Got Transition on engaging youth in their health care.
On this day of celebrating love, we at Family Voices Colorado want to celebrate all the forms and shapes of love that enrich our lives, and especially we want to thank you: our friends, supporters, partners, clients, and community.