As of early 2018, Colorado has a newly chartered statewide chapter, PNHP-CO. We believe that we have the best chance in decades to pass national single-payer health care reforms, and that Colorado physicians advocating for a true single payer system can play a key role in making that happen.
An ad hoc steering committee is meeting to decide on our first steps. We will be reaching out to current and former PNHP members across the state in the near future.
Cecile Rose, MD, MPH, Co-Director
Dr. Cecile Rose is professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and director of the occupational and environmental medicine clinic at National Jewish Health. She holds a secondary appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health. She has been named among Denver’s Top Doctors by 5280 magazine and America’s Top Doctors by US News & World Report and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Dr. Rose is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program.
Dr. Rose has been involved in collaborative research in noninfectious granulomatous lung diseases including sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis (with particular focus on hot tub, swimming pool and bioaerosol-related cases). Her other research focuses on mining-related lung diseases including silicosis and radiogenic diseases of uranium miners and millers; laboratory-animal allergen and endotoxin exposures; and flavor-related lung diseases.
Dr. Rose has a long-standing interest in occupational and environmental lung diseases. She has particular experience in hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and in the pneumoconioses, including diagnosis, causation, management and prevention. She also is committed to the diagnosis and management of patients with sarcoidosis.
Rick Bieser, MD, Co-Director
Jason Rivera, MD, Coordinator
Dr. Jason Rivera is a first year resident at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. He has lived in Florida for the past 17 years. Jason is very passionate about single-payer health care based on his own lived experiences as well as the oath he took to serve all patients to the best of his ability. He served as the South Regional Delegate in SNaHP for the 2020-2021 academic year, where he worked to create more SNaHP chapters in the South, including a chapter at his own medical school, Florida State University. Jason is very excited to continue his advocacy efforts in Colorado.
ColoradoCare Ballot Initiative
An initiative to amend Colorado’s constitution and create a taxpayer-funded health insurance cooperative (ColoradoCare) was on the state’s ballot in 2016. It did not pass. PNHP has a short analysis of ColoradoCare here.
Local Unions Endorsing Single Payer
- Boulder Area Labor Council
- District Council 1, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT