Having access to medical and behavioral health care is not necessarily guaranteed when one has health insurance; however, having health care coverage is linked to improved access to care. While many people continue to gain health insurance through Medicaid and subsidized insurance since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect, some may continue to face challenges in accessing care unless the capacity to provide care for the newly covered in Denver is increased.
Before implementation of the ACA in 2014, approximately 108,000 people in Denver – nearly one in five residents – lacked health insurance. An even higher number lack dental insurance. Many others are underinsured, which restricts them from accessing care, and opens them to financial risks in the event of a major health crisis.
By December 2018, the five-year ATC goal is to increase the percentage of Denver residents that have access to primary medical care, including behavioral health, to 95%.