Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team

Uninsured and Healthcare Access

The Adams County Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response and Recovery Team is working to ensure uninsured residents have access to healthcare and other needs during the COVID-19 crisis. This includes identifying policy and system shifts that may be needed, and providing an avenue for clear, concise information and aid in real-time.

Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team Membership and Roles

Brittany Morgan Saunders

Brittany Morgan Saunders
 

Chaz Tedesco

Commissioner Chaz Tedesco

This Response & Recovery Team is championed by Adams County District 2 Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco who is responsible for removing barriers, ensuring resources are available, and aligning policy to improve the strategic area.The Response and Recovery Team is convened by Brittany Morris Saunders, President of Local Affairs for Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs, responsible for managing the effort and supporting the core team and larger Response and Recovery Team to move the work forward. The Response & Recovery core team determines data baseline and provides support with high-level strategy. Learn more about the Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team

A baseline is currently in development around the current uninsured population in Adams County disaggregated by age, race, gender, employment status, and commissioner district of Adams County. Specifically, the Response & Recovery Team will be considering how many Adams County residents are uninsured and how many are enrolling in coverage through Connecting Colorado during this period of extended open enrollment.

Targets

  • Targets will be recommended based on the specific needs of populations who are uninsured.

Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team Subcommittees

  • State Open Enrollment Subcommittee: Will work to gain an understanding of the challenges facing Adams County residents in gaining insurance coverage through Connecting Colorado during the extended open enrollment period during the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and to brainstorm potential policy and program solutions. 
  • Options Beyond Open Enrollment Subcommittee: Will work to gain an understanding of the healthcare coverage options Adams County Government and other entities may be able to offer residents during the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and to brainstorm potential policy and program solutions. 
  • Mobile COVID-19 Testing Subcommittee: The Mobile COVID-19 Testing Subcommittee is working to provide mobile COVID testing for 80 uninsured residents from vulnerable populations

Strategies Underway

  • #1: Promote the extended Emergency Open Enrollment Period for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado.
  • #2: Prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst vulnerable populations (with priority for the Undocumented populations) through Community Outreach and Mobile COVID testing.
  • #3: Improve telehealth access for vulnerable populations (in development)
  • #4: Strengthen communication efforts to enable access to insurance and healthcare (in development)

Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team Big Wins

  • Extension of Open Enrollment Period for State Health Insurance
    • County Commissioners submitted a letter to the Governor to extend the open enrollment period, which was adopted-the period was extended from April 3 to April 30.
  • More than 10,000 Coloradans have signed up for a health insurance plan through Connect for Health Colorado’s emergency Special Enrollment Period (read more).
  • Secured partnerships with Advanced Urgent Care and Salud to provide mobile COVID testing to up to 80 uninsured residents.
  • Secured 18 hotel rooms to provide emergency shelter for residents who need isolation as a result of either testing positive for COVID-19 or are having symptoms of COVID-19.

Join This Effort

Participate in weekly Response & Recovery Team meetings via Zoom – recurring date and time TBD. Please RSVP on Constant Contact (Link to come soon) if you have not previously attended.

For more information about the Response & Recovery Team, please contact RMC2C backbone staff:

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