February 11, 2020
County affirms intent to join Peak Health Alliance
Process aims to lower the cost of health care insurance locallyGARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has signed a letter of intent to participate in the
Peak Health Alliance, which could help cut the cost of health care insurance for county
residents. The county is working with Peak Health to analyze the state’s all-payer claims
database (APCD) to lower the cost of insurance locally.
In November, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a $50,000 grant to
partner with Peak Health. The county has since hosted outreach meetings in Glenwood Springs
and Rifle to provide a forum for information.
The nonprofit negotiates with health care providers and insurance carriers to provide
competitive health insurance rates and comprehensive plans. Peak Health Alliance plans are
available for individuals and businesses, both small and large groups, for 2021.
“It’s a simple three-step process that becomes complex because you must understand the data
and have individuals in the negotiations who are extremely qualified, and analysts who can talk
to the health care providers, back and forth, at an in-depth level,” explained Commissioner Tom
Jankovsky. “And then we have a local steering committee that will look at the negotiations with
providers and the rates that come back from the insurance companies to make sure negotiate
health care rates are passed on to the consumer.”
He added that the Peak Health model addresses individual, small group and the larger selffunded markets. The Peak Health Alliance letter of intent was approved and signed by the
Board of County Commissioners at a Feb. 3 meeting – it is not legally binding, but only an
expression of intent to participate. The board approved signing the letter of intent unanimously,
Businesses or individuals that are interested in the Peak Health Alliance insurance model or
signing a letter of intent can contact Garfield County Executive Assistant Vola Mercer at (970)
945-5004, ext. 1040, or visit garfield-county.com for more information.
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