Health and Obamacare in Colorado

Obamacare & Healthcare

The health care system was reformed by this law enacted in March 2010. Before Obamacare, health insurance was unaffordable and unavailable for many.

Today, if you meet specific qualifications, the government will help pay for your monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. And those who have pre-existing medical conditions can no longer be denied coverage under Obamacare.

There are three main goals of this law:

  • Make health insurance more affordable and readily available to a greater number of people. The law equips consumers with subsidies (aka “premium tax credits”) that reduce costs for households with incomes of up to 400% of the federally defined poverty level.
  • Make the Medicaid program include all adults whose income is less than 138% of the federal poverty level.
  • Back innovative methods of delivering medical care which were designed to lower health care costs.

In Colorado, Medicaid expansion went into effect on January 1, 2014.

Colorado Health Systems

UCHealth North is a nonprofit healthcare system. Its headquarters are in Aurora. It includes many hospitals and facilities in Colorado. They are focused on the Rocky Mountain region.

Colorado Health SystemsHCA/HealthOne is one of the largest health care systems in the Denver area. Beside hospitals, ERs, and diagnostic clinics, this one includes 14 ambulatory surgical centers. A part of this system is AirLife Denver, which provides critical care air and ground transportation for an eight-state region.

Centura Health is another extensive system with a central office in Centennial. This one provides care throughout 17 hospitals, 13 affiliated hospitals, various clinics, health neighborhoods, health at home, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, and more than 100  physician practices. Flight For Life Colorado meets the needs of more than half a million people each year.

SCL Health is a nonprofit organization founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864. The main office is in Broomfield. Their health care web includes eight hospitals, more than 100 physician clinics, and home health. Also, SLC has hospice, mental health, and safety-net services.


The State of Colorado has about 100 hospitals. Among them, 12 meet high standards and are ranked in the U.S.

The University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora is undoubtedly the best one in Colorado. But on various lists, two more hospitals are ranked top 12 — Porter Adventist Hospital and Parker Adventist Hospital. These three have high positions in the U.S.

Name Town Facilitate
UC Health University of Colorado Hospital Aurora Outpatient Pavilion, the Anschutz Cancer Pavilion and Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute. Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation and neonatology ward. General medical and surgical
Porter Adventist Hospital Denver General medical and surgical
Parker Adventist Hospital Parker General medical and surgical
HealthOne Rose Medical Center Denver General medical and surgical
UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies Loveland General medical and surgical
HealthOne Medical Center of Aurora Aurora General medical and surgical
Penrose — St. Francis Health Services Colorado Springs General medical and surgical
SCL Health Saint Joseph Hospital Denver General medical and surgical
HealthOne Sky Ridge Medical Center Lone Tree General medical and surgical
St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center Grand Junction General medical and surgical
UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital Fort Collins General medical and surgical
Aspen Valley Hospital Aspen General medical and surgical
HealthOne Swedish Medical Center Englewood General medical and surgical

Children’s Hospitals

It is a real nightmare when parents are confronted with a child’s illness, and on top of that, they are facing the trouble of having to choose the right hospital.

Two hospitals in Colorado meet the requirements to be ranked nationally.

Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora is a general medical and surgical facility. They provide care in Aurora and through 19 more centers all over Colorado, such as Parker, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, or Bloomberg.

The program includes baby care, bone and joint care, brain and behavior, cancer treatment, digestive issues, endocrinology, fetal care, heart care, and respiratory problems.

Children’s Hospitals in Colorado

National Jewish Health in Denver is a pediatric hospital. It is a part of National Jewish Health — Denver. The hospital is specialized in allergy treatment, neuropsychology services, atopic dermatitis care, outpatient clinic, pulmonary diagnostics, and severe asthma.

As you can see, Colorado has an excellent web of hospitals and other health care centers.