Committed to supporting innovative pro-health policies throughout the state, Healthier Colorado last week released a statement of strong support for ballot questions 7E and 7F and is proud to work for its passage with the Yes for North Fork Ambulance committee.
In the North Fork Ambulance service area, requests for ambulance service have increased while the combined revenue from insurance reimbursements, grants, and membership fees have proved insufficient to meet the rising costs of this vital service. The North Fork Ambulance was formed in 1969 and has never received public funds, despite its role as an essential public service. The North Fork Ambulance is the only 911 ambulance response for 1,550 square miles over portions of Gunnison, Montrose, and Delta counties.
"Right now, the North Fork Ambulance is facing such a drastic funding shortfall in part because only one-third of area residents in the region voluntarily pay membership fees. The status quo is flatly unsustainable," said Kate Stigberg, Healthier Colorado director of activism. "Questions 7E and 7F will create a Health Services District to provide a long-term and reliable funding source for a vital community service for the entire valley."
Healthier Colorado is committing substantial monetary and staff resources for voter education and persuasion to help pass Questions 7E and 7F. This marginal property tax increase will improve and sustain an absolute necessity -- a fast-responding, professionally staffed, 24-hour response ambulance program -- for years to come in the North Fork region.
Healthier Colorado is a statewide organization dedicated to finding and advocating for the policy solutions that give all Coloradans a better chance at a healthy life. The organization works across party lines and with every tool possible, from grassroots organizing and lobbying to ballot initiatives and elections, to connect Coloradans with the policies that affect their health. Visit http://healthiercolorado.org for more information.