Ashley Wheeland is the Health Policy Director at One Colorado. In 2010 Ashley completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She began her experience in health care policy prior to law school working in the United States Senate on health care, education and disability issues for Senator Ken Salazar. Following law school Ashley worked in health care advocacy as the Health Policy Attorney for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. Currently, Ashley manages a project for One Colorado to improve access to barrier-free health care for LGBT Coloradans. Through her experience she has gained expertise in health care reform, and is actively involved in implementing Colorado’s Health Benefit Exchange and Medicaid expansion.
Ashley Wheeland is the Health Policy Director at One Colorado. In 2010 Ashley completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She began her experience in health care policy prior to law school working in the United States S
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July 11, 2013
Lucy Marsh has been a full professor at the University of Denver School of Law since 1982. She started teaching there in 1973. By all accounts, she is a well respected, talented professor, good at her job and involved in the community. By my account she is one of the few female professors I had teach me in law school. And she is also the lowest paid professor on the faculty at the DU School of Law. Lucy Marsh is Lily Ledbetter . She represents all women, of all income levelsand backgrounds, with all types of families, who have worked hard their entire life, expecting equal pay for equal work...
March 21, 2013
One of the most important priorities for any family is being able to access quality, affordable health care. We all get colds, we all have preventive care needs, and we all need health care coverage. And when we deal with our own health care crises, its our family we turn to for support. However, for far too long, many families have faced difficult barriers in trying to include their loved ones in important health care decisions. But today, that is all about to change in Colorado -- Colorado's Governor will sign Senate Bill 11, the Colorado Civil Union Act . As a result of this legislation,...
December 11, 2012
By Ashley Wheeland, Health Policy Attorney at the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative We are all getting tired of hearing about the "fiscal cliff." Probably even more so for our U.S. Congressional members. But the deal Congress and the President come up with could impact what American families pay for our health care, and who gets to have health coverage. So what is this fiscal cliff? It's a deadline at the end of this year when a bunch of cuts and tax increases are set to take effect to reduce the federal budget by $503 billion. Congress and the President agreed to the deal last year when...
August 6, 2012
By Dana Kennedy, Health Policy Intern from the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative August is a big month for health care! As of August 1st insurers were required to cover certain women's preventive services without cost-sharing (like co-pays) in new plans, and start covering them when current plans are changed. But August 1st was also an important day for consumers in another way - insurers were required to mail over $1.1 billion in rebates to consumers for failing to meet what is known as the 80/20 Rule . Let us explain why. Under Obamacare, health insurance companies are responsible for...
August 1, 2012
By Ashley Mayo, Strategic Engagement Fellow at the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, being a woman just got easier. Today, a new provision of the law requiring insurers to provide women's preventive services without a copay takes effect. For a quick look at what this means, check out our new video, and share it with your friends! Video: Being a woman just got easier! Here's a list of the important health services which are available without copay starting today! Well-woman visits- All adult women will have access to an annual preventive care visit focused...
April 18, 2012
By Ashley Wheeland, Health Policy Attorney Originally Published on the website of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) includes many reforms to our health care systems, including private market reforms. One of these reforms will open a door to health coverage for many families who have never had it before – the creation of state health insurance exchanges . By 2014, all states will have these new regulated marketplaces for individuals, families and small businesses to purchase health insurance. It is estimated that 29 million...
April 9, 2012
By Sonji Wilkes, Mother Originally published by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative My son Thomas was born in 2003. After his circumcision, he continued to bleed. Within a day, my husband Nathan and I were told that our newborn son had severe hemophilia, a genetic blood clotting disorder. A local hematologist was at our bedside within 30 minutes of us getting the call. She was there to comfort us and talk to us about what living with hemophilia would be like. Her first question was, “Do you have good insurance?” Nathan replied, “yes, we have great insurance. I work in a highly competitive...