DENVER – Colorado Access announces the release of $1.2 million to support its provider network and community partners through COVID-19 relief efforts in the state. Given the urgency of the COVID-19 outbreak and financial impacts to providers, these funds are being distributed to support these entities so that they can continue to serve members and provide access to health care.
“Some might consider us to be a nonprofit health plan, but we’re more than that. Our mission is to partner with communities and empower people through access to quality, affordable care. Contributions back into the community during this COVID-19 outbreak is one way we are doing this. We want to make sure people can get the care they need,” says Rob Bremer, PhD, vice president of network strategy at Colorado Access.
Funds will be allocated to more than 50 provider partners and community organizations throughout the Colorado Access service area, which includes the Denver metropolitan area. In addition to making funds available, Colorado Access has enacted some administrative changes to adapt to the COVID-19 outbreak. These changes include easing prior authorization requirements in some instances during the COVID-19 outbreak, increasing access to telehealth services, and expanding care management hours for members. Colorado Access continues to adjust business practices as necessary, based on the evolution of COVID-19 in the state.
“I’m proud of the response Colorado Access has taken to support the community in this time,” says Marshall Thomas, MD, president and CEO at Colorado Access. “We’re Colorado local, and feel the effects of the coronavirus here in our state. Our employees have ramped up efforts to support the community, and monetary support is one example of that. I trust that when we work together for the greater good of our state, we’ll get through this more effectively.”
About Colorado Access
Founded in 1994, Colorado Access is a local, nonprofit health plan that serves members throughout Colorado. The company’s members receive health care as part of Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) behavioral and physical health, and long-term services and supports programs. The company also provides care coordination services and administers behavioral health and physical health benefits for two regions as part of the Accountable Care Collaborative Program through Health First Colorado. Colorado Access is the state’s largest single entry point agency, coordinating long-term service and supports for Health First Colorado recipients in five Denver metro area counties. To learn more about Colorado Access, visit coaccess.com.