The US spends more on health care per capita than any other nation.  Yet, we are not healthier overall.  

Today nearly one out of six San Luis Valley residents struggle with fair or poor health.

No matter who you are or what you do, you should be able to get the care you need to stay healthy and see a doctor when you need to. Be a part of the change and advocate for a health care system that works for you.

A Century of Health Care Improvements

By understanding the history of today’s health care debates, we will be better equipped to advocate for an accessible health care system that meets the needs of our community.

Check out the roadmap below for an overview of the last 100 years of health care changes.


100 years of health care improvements in the United States: Key legislative and changes


History shows that the conversations happening in congressional chambers and court houses around the country today are not all that new.

Colorado Health Care Affordability Act

In January 2008, the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform presented recommendations to Colorado’s General Assembly to expand health coverage and decrease health care costs for Colorado residents.

In 2009, one out of every six Coloradans was uninsured.  As it still does today, cost played a significant role in determining what health care services and coverage options were available.

A year after the recommendations were presented, our elected officials in Colorado passed the Colorado Health Care Affordability Act in April, 2009.  The Colorado Health Care Affordability Act created a new health care funding mechanism and expanded Medicaid for both children and adults.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Many of the Colorado Commission’s recommendations actually made their way into the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

Find out how the Affordable Care Act will affect you and your family.