Children's Hospital Colorado

Advocating for Kids in Public Policy

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Here at Children’s Hospital Colorado, advocacy is a core part of our hospital mission to care for kids. This is why our Government Affairs team works to keep kids out of the hospital by passing laws and policies that improve kids’ health. We work with local, state and federal leaders and community partners to ensure kids grow up healthy and strong.

We have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of our patients and families, our community and all kids, not only because it’s an investment in our nation’s future, but because it’s the right thing to do.

As a nonpartisan organization, we hope to serve as a resource for voters and elected officials alike on the unique needs of children. Above all, we speak up clearly and powerfully for kids’ needs in public policy.

Key issues the Government Affairs team works on include: immunizations, pulse-oximetry screening laws, lead poisoning prevention, school health, workforce, injury prevention, tobacco control, mental health, marijuana and substance use prevention, early childhood and school discipline, state budget, home visiting, access to care and more.

Protecting coverage and access for all children

We believe that no child should lose health insurance because of changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicaid. All eligible children should have health insurance coverage, whether through private insurance, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or other programs.

Health insurance coverage is vital because it enables children to access the services they need to grow up healthy and strong, particularly in their prenatal and early formative years of life.

How can I get involved?

  1. Learn about our position on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and potential Medicaid cuts.
  2. Read how cuts to Medicaid would impact patients like Cecilia and Jude.
  3. Sign up for Child Health Champions to stay informed, receive regular updates, and get action alerts that make it easy to speak up on behalf of kids.
  4. Contact your legislator and urge them to keep kids top of mind when making health policy decisions.
  5. Reach out to with any additional questions.

Children's Colorado in the news

Aurora Sentinel

Colorado Lawmakers Showed True Leadership This Year

June 1, 2017

In a letter to the editor, Heidi Baskfield, executive director of advocacy, thanked Colorado legislators for their bipartisan collaboration on a bill that helped preserve the hospital provider fee.

The Denver Post

Cory Gardner, Ken Buck Join Colorado Hospitals in Expressing Doubts

March 8, 2017

The Denver Post asked Jena Hausmann, Children's Colorado president and CEO, about the proposed Republican health care plan: “We at Children’s Hospital Colorado are gravely concerned about the bill,” Hausmann said. “By imposing drastic changes and major budget cuts to Medicaid, it would potentially undermine coverage and benefits for Colorado kids, including the sickest children in our state.”