The team's focus is on access to healthcare in the U.S.
Our Health Care team is in a temporary hiatus.
Any LWV member who would like to reactivate the Team for the purpose of study,
observation of public meetings, or engaging in a particular project or event is encouraged
to contact the LWVBC president firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In 2017–18, in conjunction with the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care, we have been organizing public showings of two documentary films in the series Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point.
All three films are available for online viewing here.
(1) Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point (58 mins.) - shows how our dysfunctional health care system
is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the
nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens
(2) Big Pharma: Market Failure - explores the problem of extreme drug prices in the U.S.
(3) Big Money: Democracy on the Brink
Where we stand
The League favors a national health insurance plan financed through general taxes in place of individual insurance premiums.
Every U.S. resident should have access to a basic level of care that includes
• The prevention of disease
• Health promotion and education
• Primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health)
• Acute care
• Long-term care
• Mental health care
Read our LWV national position statement and historical summary in full here.
In 2016–2018 we were active in education and advocacy in the area of behavioral health.
Read our team meeting summaries from August 2017 through February 2018.
Read our spring 2017 meeting summaries.
Health Care Resources
We welcome new team members! If you would like to join us contact our team leader HealthTeam@lwvbc.org. You don't have to be an expert. You do not have to be a League member to attend one of our team meetings and learn more.
Our study began in 2015 with the LWVCO Behavioral Health Study: An Overview of Colorado's Behavioral Health System (August 2015). Members responded to a number of questions and, after reviewing member responses, the LWVCO board issued this consensus position:
LWVCO supports access to adequate health care with funding by state and federal monies where necessary. LWVCO supports access to affordable, quality in- and out-patient behavioral health care, including needed medications and supportive services, for all people. LWVCO supports access to behavioral health care that is integrated with, and achieves parity with, physical health care.
In fall 2016, we turned our attention to the ColoradoCare proposal, Amendment 69 on the November 8th ballot. LWV throughout Colorado supported the proposal, and we organized public meetings in Boulder County where guest speakers in several health-care fields explained the proposal. Amendment 69 did not pass, but our advocacy for single-payer health care continues. Read our team's 2016 meeting reports here.
"Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness" —Warren Buffett
In 2015 we looked at efforts to decriminalize mental illness, such as jail-based behavioral services (JBBS) and the "FOCUS Reentry" effort to reduce recidivism.
Read our 2015 meeting reports here.
In 2014, we learned more about Mental Health Partners, the Addiction Recovery Center, and other Boulder County resources. Read our 2014 meeting reports here.
Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
Boulder County Public Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI Boulder County
Oregon's Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA)