Colorado Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit (PALS)

The Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit (PALS) is a national effort to help advocates collaborate and to promote effective advocacy at all levels for patients. PALS brings together advocates from a variety of issue areas, including insurance, pharmaceuticals, health care policy and health care access. The focus is on all users of the health care system, including the elderly, the disabled, children and those in poverty. For more information on PALS at the national level, please visit the PALS Community. The Colorado Gerontological Society is an organizer and host of regional PALS for Colorado.

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In 2012, the theme of the PALS meeting was implementation of health care reform. The Affordable Care Act is the most significant overhaul of the health care system in decades and the ramifications of it are still being uncovered. For patients and their advocates, it is imperative to ensure their newfound or continued access to high-quality, affordable care. This includes maintaining the continuity of care, understanding the changes in benefits and increasing coordination of health care. To fulfill these goals, advocates gained knowledge, experience and tools to work at the federal, state and local level to ensure that policies and programs meet the needs of patients who need access to care.

Fifty advocates in Colorado came together to explore the impact of reform on their constituencies, learn about long term trends in health care delivery, investigate how they can influence policy and implementation, and perhaps most importantly, network among themselves so as to develop a strong support system for patients.

The documents below are resources for patient advocates developed at PALS and available to the public, with information on the Affordable Care Act and Dual Eligibles, the Medicaid Expansion, the new Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, and new Regional Collaborative Care Organizations.

You may also be interested in the upcoming Colorado PALS: Shaping the New Health Care Environment to Improve Access, Promote Quality and Empower Communities.