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Health Care News Roundup

Infographic: what matters to consumers in the new Colorado Health Benefits ExchangeColorado’s Health Exchange: What Consumers Want

As full implementation of the Affordable Care Act draws nearer, advocates and policymakers across Colorado are hard at work developing plans for the state’s new Health Benefits Exchange. Michael Booth at the Denver Post takes a look at the results of recent community forums that asked consumers what features or qualities are important to them in a tool that is supposed to help them understand their options and choose a health insurance plan. Click on the image at left to see the infographic larger.

Share Your Health Insurance Story (CCHI)

Is your insurance unaffordable? Have your rates increased unreasonably? Tell us about it! The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, an advocacy organization that works for barrier-free access to quality healthcare, wants to hear your story. We are building a storybank – a collection of real peoples’ experiences with the healthcare system – so that we can better inform the media, elected officials, and our fellow Coloradans about important issues. We want to help you make your voice heard. Click here to share your story! 

Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, January 22, 12:00 – 1:30pm MST, health care providers and administrators are invited to a webinar hosted by the National Wraparound Initiative: Using Medicaid Health Homes with Wraparound to Serve Youth Populations with Complex Behavioral Health Needs. Click to register. This webinar will provide an overview of the Medicaid Health Home provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its application to children with serious and complex behavioral health needs. Learn what administrative, workforce, and practice level strategies states can adopt within the Health Home model to implement a high quality wraparound and intensive care coordination approach for these youths and their families.

The 5th Annual Jewish Disabilities Awareness Day and Family Resource Fair, Finding Ability in Disability: Promoting Understanding and Inclusion, is on Sunday, January 27, 2:00 – 5:00pm at the Elaine Wolf Theatre and the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 South Dahlia Street in Denver. Free and open to the public.

PEAK Parent Center’s Conference on Inclusive Education is coming up, February 7-8, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver.  Parents, teachers, special educators, school administrators and other school professionals will all find something of interest in the speakers, workshops, and break-out sessions. There’s still time to register, but hurry, since the event may sell out!

Firefly Autism is having an intensive Social Skills Camp for children with Autism from March 25-29.  We want to get the word out and would appreciate your support in letting your families know, and the Autism Community at large.  Please refer any questions to Jenny Blankenship, Director of Outreach & Social Skills Services, at jblankenship@fireflyautism.org (303-759-1192, x12).

Young adults discuss identity & health care transitions

The latest findings from the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health identify that 3 in 5 youth and children with special health care needs did not receive the services necessary to make appropriate transitions to adult health care, work, and independence. This is a critical juncture and  missed opportunity for preventing the further onset of adult chronic conditions.

Since spring 2011, Family Voices Colorado has been working with the national Got Transition? initiative, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and several other local health care providers to implement a pilot project exploring the resources and supports needed for more young people with special health care needs to experience a smooth transition from pediatric to adult health care.

Our Health Care Transitions Navigator is Susan Cassell, so if you have questions about the process or would like more information – whether as a parent or family member, youth or young adult, or as a health care provider – please contact her at 800-881-8272, ext. 115, or on her direct line at 303-577-0331. You may also want to explore some of the resources at Got Transition?, like their quarterly webinars and monthly radio episodes:

Got Transition? Quarterly Webinar
Wednesday, November 7, 12 – 1pm MST (2 – 3pm EST)
“I am more than a diagnosis!” – The Impact of Personal Identity on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs

In this Got Transition quarterly webinar, Susan Waisbren, Ph.D. will review research on identity development and its impact on health promoting behaviors and positive mental health.

A panel of young adults with various health care needs will respond and share their current strategies coping with challenges as they move toward adulthood.

Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance!