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Investee Spotlight: Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Program

In the new “Investee Spotlight” series, we celebrate the progress our partners are making as they work to improve the lives of Colorado’s low-income children and their families. This first story features the achievements of the Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program and its founder, Steve Poole, in ensuring that all Colorado children have access to quality medical care.

Investee Spotlight: Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program

In 2006, Colorado children on Medicaid faced a problem that Dr. Steve Poole was determined to solve. Although more than 200,000 kids across the state were relying on public insurance, less than 20 percent of pediatric practices accepted Medicaid, leaving a significant number of low-income children without a primary care physician. “The Piton Foundation’s Sam Gary and Children’s Hospital’s Jim Todd came to me eight years ago and said, ‘You need to fix this’,” says Dr. Poole, who was serving as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. Poole began by surveying pediatric practices to better understand why they were refusing to offer care to children who needed it most. He discovered that physicians wanted to serve Medicaid-eligible children, but most private practices, which operate like small businesses, simply couldn’t afford to because the state government covered less than two-thirds of the cost of providing care. Continue reading the full story here.