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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
~Margaret Mead

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Keeping Coloradans Covered

Baskett supports the Colorado Health Policy Coalition (CHPC) and its member organizations in pursuing public policy changes to keep Coloradans enrolled in Medicaid. 

In 2023, the ‘continuous coverage’ provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ended. When enrollment renewals commenced in March, many Coloradans lost their Health First Colorado  (Colorado’s Medicaid 
program) or Child Health Plan  Plus (CHP+) coverage. In August, the CHPC learned that 49% of individuals with eligibility reviewed in July  2023 lost coverage—34% of those were ‘procedural denials. As of December 2023, 112,000 Colorado children had lost public health coverage.

In our ongoing work on behalf of the Colorado Health Policy Coalition, Baskett fosters partnerships with agency officials to advance new strategies and implement programmatic changes to keep Coloradans enrolled in the health coverage they are eligible for.

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Improving the Medicaid Delivery System

In 2025, Colorado will execute new contracts to administer the Medicaid delivery system, the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC). Baskett is supporting clients in capitalizing on this opportunity to innovate. Changes made to the ACC will directly impact the health and well-being of over 1.4 million Coloradans enrolled in Medicaid. Since work on ACC Phase III began in 2023, Baskett has supported our clients in advocating for numerous policy changes designed to address health disparities and advance innovative programs and new approaches to delivering health care for low-income Coloradans.

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Baskett Briefs Offer a New Approach to Policymaking

Restoring humanity to public policy, using art and storytelling to change the reader's outlook and inspire social change.

Presenting our first collection in partnership with the Colorado Children's Health Access Program:

Advancing Health Equity through Pediatric Patient and Family-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)
I. The Pediatric PCMH: A Lifeline for Families
II: The Pediatric PCMH: Transforming in the face of COVID
III. The Pediatric PCMH Rebuilding a Solid Foundation of Health Equity

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Colorado Health Policy Coalition

In late 2018, a small group of consumer and provider organizations enlisted Baskett in aligning their organizations around shared values and priorities to advance health equity in Colorado. Baskett supported the group in establishing the Colorado Health Policy Coalition (CHPC), a one-of-its-kind multi-sector coalition uniting over 90 organizations to lend our hand in partnership with Colorado's policymakers in advancing innovative and equity-driven policy. Since 2018, the CHPC has provided a place for relationship-building and collaboration among Colorado stakeholders, and together, CHPC members have united to impact hundreds of state and federal policies.

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Expanding Telehealth to Rural Communities

Baskett helped a Colorado-grown digital health company win a large grant to expand its reach to five rural Coloradan counties where the health care workforce is scarce. Clients leverage Baskett's expertise in grant writing and critical policy areas such as digital health, rural health, and the public health insurance system to identify and win the grant funding that is a game-changer for their business.

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Cover All Coloradans

Baskett assisted the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and a large coalition of organizations, in the development and passage of HB 22-1289:Cover all Coloradans. A revolutionary act that reverses health injustices by providing access to health coverage for persons that would be eligible for public health insurance if not for their documentation status. 

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Child FirstAddressing mental health and healing trauma for
children and families

We've worked with Invest in Kids now for two years to support the successful implementation of their impactful new program: Child First. We assisted IIK in securing key partnerships with Medicaid health plans, Child First providers in navigating Medicaid reimbursement, and IIK in identifying federal funding opportunities to stand up Child First in 12 Colorado counties. We won't stop, can't stop until Child First achieves sustainable funding and is serving at-risk families in every county statewide. 

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Biden/Harris & CO Congressional Delegation: Take action immediately to address health inequities 

An influental group of health policy stakeholders came together to urge the new Administration to take action immediately upon inauguration to advance policies to both respond to the pandemic and realign the agenda toward universal coverage and elimination of health inequities.

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Baskett supported the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) in the passage and implementation of SB 9, which expands Medicaid to:

  • include contraceptives for undocumented people, and

  • require coverage of a year supply of oral contraceptives for all who use Medicaid.

Basket services include bill and amendment drafting, formation of a large stakeholder alliance, research and analysis, fact sheet development, and negotiation with the Governor's office, the state Medicaid agency, and other key stakeholders, program development and implementation, and evaluation. 

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Becoming a Force for Change

Baskett's strategic advising services help organizations make sense of government to impact public policy and address health disparities. We help our clients develop and accomplish their public policy goals while simultaneously developing their internal capacity to influence public policy.

We believe in the power of the community to advance health equity and proudly offer a sliding scale rate

for non-profit organizations with tight budgets. 

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Colorado Health Policy Coalition

Baskett is proud to be the lead facilitator of the Coalition. We're working hard to make sure Coloradans facing economic and social barriers are not overlooked as the state and federal government works to respond to the outbreak, and the impacts of efforts to contain the spread.

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COVID-19 Provider Relief Payments Keeping Doors Open to Care During COVID-19

In the early days of COVID-19, Baskett worked with local Colorado health foundations and the state Medicaid department to develop a ground breaking public-private partnership to support strapped safety net providers. The program leverages philanthropic funds to pull down federal matching Medicaid funds to provide close to $5M in relief payments to primary care doctors facing staff layoffs and clinic closures due to COVID-19 lock downs. The program has become a model program for other states looking to support their front line health care providers through the pandemic.

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Health Care Affordability Group

Baskett brought together diversified interests to find common ground around making heatlh care more affordable for Coloradans. 

The focus of the Health Care Affordability Group is on increasing health care affordability for Colorado consumers. Our north star for this work is individuals, families, patients and communities. Members of the group include:

● Chronic Care Collaborative
● Colorado Association of Health Plans
● Colorado BioScience Association
● Colorado Center on Law and Policy
● Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
● Colorado Hospital Association
● Colorado Medical Society
● Healthier Colorado

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From Ideas to Action

Baskett often partners with other think tanks and consulting firms on projects, contributing the strategic advising needed to move from ideas to action. On behalf of Colorado's children and youth with special health care needs, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment asked for Baskett's help to execute the policy agenda that the Colorado Health Institute created. Baskett facilitated meetings with stakeholders and developed a patient and family-centered action plan to address The ABCs of Health Equity for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.

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Baskett writes winning proposals

Baskett served as team lead and principle author for two successful RFP bid proposals for the Colorado Medicaid program. Three proposals totaling over 1800 pages were developed in a 11-week period. The RFP writing team was ultimately successful in an extremely competitive bidding process, winning two new 7-year Medicaid contracts, serving over 330,000 Medicaid members in eight urban and rural Colorado counties.

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Convening communities to address health needs

Centura Health System, the largest hospital system in Colorado, asked Baskett to bring together local communities in their hospital service areas to identify top health needs and align efforts to address them. Baskett convened a diverse set of stakeholders in three local Colorado communities: Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Canon City to lay the groundwork for collaboration and health improvement in the areas of food insecurity, access to healthy food, obesity, mental health and substance use, teen vaping and housing affordability and homelessness. We developed detailed reports to define the health needs using quantitative and qualitative data and describe current efforts underway that can be aligned to address community health needs. Baskett designed the reports to meet federal Internal Revenue Service requirements around community benefit for charitable hospitals.

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