Access to Care (ATC), including behavioral health is not guaranteed by having health care coverage, although the two issues are closely linked. While many people will gain health care coverage through Medicaid and subsidized insurance in the coming years, some may continue to face challenges in accessing care unless the capacity to care for the newly covered in Denver is increased.
Before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, approximately 104,000 persons in Denver, or nearly one in five persons, lack health insurance. An even higher number lack dental insurance, making it difficult for many to obtain medical, behavioral health, and dental care. Many others are underinsured, which inhibits them from accessing care and exposes them to high financial risks in the event of a major health crisis.
By December of 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%.