April 10, 2023 – Peak Health Alliance announced the choice of Denver Health Medical Plan (DHMP) to be its new insurance carrier. Working together, the two organizations will offer individual health insurance plans using the name Elevate Health Plans beginning January 1, 2024. All Elevate Health Plans will be compliant with the Affordable Care Act and Colorado Option.
“We are thrilled to be back and back even better,” said Anne Ladd, Peak CEO. “We are eager to begin working with a well-known, well-respected, and highly trusted Colorado-based partner like Denver Health Medical Plan. They have a solid history in Colorado, and they are the only carrier that fully complied with the Colorado Option premium savings targets in the markets they serve this year. We believe that speaks volumes about their commitment and aligns with Peak’s values and vision.”
Peak Health Alliance is focused on bringing affordable health insurance to mountain and rural communities of Colorado. The nonprofit organization works with local community leaders, hospitals, physicians, brokers, and the insurance carrier to ensure these areas have access to affordable, quality care.
“As advocates for access to affordable, high-quality health care in rural Colorado, we rely on relationships with local providers who want to see their neighbors get good care at sustainable prices,” said Don Dankner, Peak Health Alliance board chair. “We are excited that Denver Health Medical Plan is joining us in the effort to meet the health insurance needs of the communities we serve. We want our Elevate Health Plans to result in a win for all and we are optimistic about the long-term prospects for this new partnership.”
“The two organizations fit together well,” said Greg McCarthy, DHMP CEO. “Both Peak Health Alliance and DHMP were built by and for the community. We are thrilled for the opportunity to bring affordable, high-quality care to the region.”
Organized by community leaders in Summit County, Colorado, and working in collaboration with the local provider community, Peak Health Alliance offered its first plans in 2020 at rates 38% below those previously available. That success prompted civic and business leaders in Grand, Lake, Park, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties to work with Peak to replicate their data analytics and community organizing to deliver similar results. In southwest Colorado, Peak Health Alliance partners with the Local First Foundation to engage with communities and meet local needs.
“This new partnership will bring high-quality health care plans by a reputable, reliable insurance carrier to individuals and businesses in our communities,” said Doug McCarthy, healthcare advocate for the Local First Foundation.
“Peak Health Alliance will continue to be a strong advocate for our members and providers,” said Ladd. “We have a real opportunity to make a difference in the health of residents in our rural communities.”
DHMP brings years of experience and has proven its commitment to operational excellence. With more than 130,000 members in Colorado, DHMP offers a diverse scope of services and plans that accommodate preventive, standard, emergent and urgent care needs, which also include access to mental and behavioral health benefits.
“It’s coverage that is based on ‘whole person care,’” said Greg McCarthy. “We do that collaboratively, so our members become an active part of the health and wellness process.”
Peak Health Alliance and DHMP will roll out the new Elevate Health Plans during the annual Open Enrollment Period starting in November. More information about the plans will be available later this year. For more information about Peak Health Alliance, visit www.peakhealthalliance.org.
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About Peak Health Alliance
Peak Health Alliance is a member-led non-profit health insurance purchasing cooperative based in Summit County, Colorado. Serving 8 counties on Colorado’s Western Slope, Peak’s mission is to leverage the purchasing power of an entire community by negotiating on their behalf for more competitive rates. Peak partners with local providers, hospitals, and carriers to create comprehensive and affordable plans for residents and businesses. In southwest Colorado, Peak Health Alliance partners with the Local First Foundation to engage with communities and meet local needs. More information is available at www.peakhealthalliance.org and foundation.local-first.org.
About Elevate Health Plans by DHMP
Elevate Health Plans by Denver Health Medical Plan is a nonprofit health plan created in 1997 to provide quality, accessible and affordable health care services in the Denver area. In partnership with the DHMP provider network, Denver Health Medical Plan seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of its members by promoting wellness and disease prevention, providing access to culturally diverse, comprehensive health services and enabling members to play an active role in their health care. Denver Health Medical Plan provides health insurance for 23,577 members in the Denver area as well as administers benefits for a 113,268 member Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO). Denver Health Medical Plan is part of the larger Denver Health and Hospital Authority system, which integrates acute and emergency care with public and community health. For more information, please visit: www.DenverHealthMedicalPlan.org