Policy & Advocacy


2018 Session – Official Positions

Click on the drop-down menus below to see which bills CRHC has taken a position on in each category. Bill numbers link to brief descriptions of the proposed legislation and additional information.



HB18-1003 Opioid Misuse Prevention
HB18-1007 Substance Use Disorder Payment And Coverage
HB18-1017 Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact
HB18-1032 Access Medical Records State Emergency Medical Services Patient Care Database
HB18-1045 Dental Hygienist Apply Silver Diamine Fluoride
SB18-013 Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act
Expand Access Behavioral Health Care Providers
HB18-1260 Prescription Drug Price Transparency
SB18-168 Medication-assisted Treatment Through Pharmacies




SB18-005 Rural Economic Advancement Of Colorado Towns
SB18-020 Registered Psychotherapists Auricular Acudetox
SB18-022 Clinical Practice For Opioid Prescribing
SB18-002 Financing Rural Broadband Deployment


Final Report Now Available


2018 Snapshot of Rural Health


2018 Regional Snapshots of Rural Health


Safety Net Clinic Week Videos

CRHC spends time visiting Colorado’s rural Safety Net Clinics, documenting their stories and compiling videos for all to see.

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Policy & Advocacy

CRHC’s policy & advocacy program is committed to improving healthcare services available in rural communities.

The core components of CRHC’s policy and advocacy program are the following:

• Review bills and proposed regulations at the state and federal level
• Take positions on bills and proposed regulations
• Monitor policy trends at the state and federal level
• Establish relationships with policymakers
• Communicate policy information to the broadest audience possible, and
• Serve as a conduit of information between rural Colorado, Denver and Washington DC.

2016 Session Final Report

The Colorado Rural Health Center’s 2016 Legislative Session Report is divided into four categories:

  • Healthcare Access and Affordability
  • Workforce and Scope of Practice
  • Transparency and Reporting Requirements
  • Sustaining Rural Healthcare

Read the Report

2017 Session Final Report will be posted at the end of Session

Positions and Correlated Actions

CRHC’s policy staff works with members and stakeholders on the Policy and legislative Committee (PLC) to review bills and proposed regulations at the state and federal level. After careful review, CRHC’s Board of Directors can choose to take formal positions (support or oppose) or to monitor specific pieces of legislation. Each designation comes with specific actions:


CRHC will participate in grassroots engagement of membership and policy makers via letters of support, factsheets, legislative testimony, and any additional appropriate actions.


CRHC will monitor and track the bill.


CRHC will participate in grassroots engagement of membership and policy makers via letters of support, factsheets, legislative testimony, and any additional appropriate actions.

Policy Resources

Stay up-to-date on the latest in rural health policy on the state and federal level. We are your go-to resource for accurate information on issues that affect you.

Join the Policy and Legislative Committee (PLC)

The PLC serves as CRHC’s advisory council on legislation that affects our members. During session, committee members meet with CRHC ever other week to review positions on bills and to discuss rural health policy. Get involved!

Learn More about Policy

The legislative process is meant to facilitate public conversations about issues. But it’s pretty confusing. This workshop was presented at Colorado Rural Health Center’s 2015 Forum conference. Kelly Erb, Policy Program Coordinator, discusses key strategies and presents creative case studies to help you take your organization’s direct advocacy and grassroots efforts to the next level. Explore state and local-level political shifts and legislative trends, and tools to help you follow the action.


Map Resources

Geography can shape all aspects of life and is integral to making informed policy decisions. Here you can view a small selection of relevant maps.

See More Maps

Colorado: Medicare Enrollment by County

Colorado: Medicaid Enrollment by County

Colorado's Rural Facilities, 2016

Rural Colorado: Access to Healthcare, 2016

Colorado: County Designations, 2016

Colorado: Critical Access Hospitals, 2016

Colorado: Chlamydia Rates, 2014

Colorado: Access to a Mental Health Provider, 2014

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