Frankie, Colorado Springs Resident: “From the friends that I have had, a lot of them are getting dropped from their coverage and having to find coverage on their own because for some reason they’re no longer qualified with the programs that they were previously qualified for and purchasing on their own. Now all of a sudden they can’t.”
Angelo, Colorado Springs Resident: “I’ve noticed that a lot of people aren’t buying into it. Most people I know aren’t even paying for health care—they’d rather pay the surcharge at the end of the year rather than be coerced into some kind of insurance plan that is forced upon them.”
Melissa, Colorado Springs Resident: “Most the people that I’m friends with think it’s great that people who don’t have access are having better access while nothing’s changing drastically for people who’ve had access.”
Marjorie is a mother living in Colorado Springs who describes her experience navigating the independent health insurance system to ensure her preventive procedures were covered.
Jamie Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Penrose – St. Francis Health Services: “I think Medicaid expansion is the most tangible effect we have seen here [at the hospital]. There has been a pretty large growth in folks who have applied and received Medicaid at this point, and that’s a population who for the most part is going from uninsured to insured by Medicaid.”
Charles, Colorado Springs resident: “Personally, I oppose it. But I try not to get involved with it too much because, you know, everybody’s got their own political viewpoint, and I don’t want to be too over the top with it, but I do oppose it.”
Lela, Colorado Springs resident: “Ever since Obama started this health care thing, and the website’s been up and down, it’s been really hard for everyone to get where they gotta go. I mean, if you don’t get it, it’s gonna take a minute to get to Medicaid, and then after that, you know, your bills are racking up, and it’s a mess.”
Chris is a Vietnam veteran with multiple serious health conditions including hearing loss. He shares his experience navigating health care in Colorado Springs in order to become healthy and work again.
William, Colorado Springs resident: “I feel very optimistic that it’s gonna go through and be a big benefit to this country, particularly those without insurance.”
Pam McManus, CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Centers: “Our community has a lot of amazing, caring people to include some incredible professionals–experts in the health care industry. Together we strive to work to find solutions to access barriers throughout our region.”
Theresia, previously gainfully employed, shares her story about losing her job and the affect it had on managing her chronic health issues. She describes needing assistance and the impact of a safety net clinic.
Diane, Colorado Springs resident: “I’m very upset. I’m a senior citizen now, but we’ve been putting into our Medicare and all that kind of thing. I just don’t feel that we’re going to be taken care of.”
Brittany, a single mother in Colorado Springs, shares her story of receiving treatment for free through the aid of a local organization. After giving birth five years ago, Brittany developed a painful hernia that she was unable to have treated. The necessary medical procedure was too expensive for her to afford, but Brittany’s clinic helped her get the operation so she could continue to provide for her family.
Jason, Colorado Springs resident: “[My] initial reaction [to health reform] is that I don’t really think it’s much a part for the government to get involved with. My opinion is that the government can kind of stay out of that and let it be run by local organizations or other places like that.”
Nigel speaks about a clinic that went beyond normal expectations to provide considerate and quality care for his brother, a large man who struggled with receiving care due to fear of judgment and unaccommodating providers.
Kate Hatten, Executive Director at Peak Military Care Network: “It may not be in a provider’s financial best interest to see a TRICARE patient… So a lot of providers are considering whether they will continue to provide care for TRICARE patients, which potentially means less access.”