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The work that we do for clients is always confidential. But when clients are happy to share the resulting reports and publications publicly, so are we!

Click on the links below to see sample reports and publications completed for clients, as well as JVA-authored white papers and issue briefs. Please note that these reports are illustrative of the type of work that we do, and that each report is different, depending on your needs and requests.

During our kickoff meeting with you for your project, we’ll help you define what kind of deliverable will be most useful to you, your organization and other audiences you’ll want to share it with.

Preview Examples Below.

The Affordable Care Act: An Employer’s Perspective

Marshall Vanderburg, Director of Operations at Joining Vision and Action

With increased public discussion regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one important element easily overlooked is the role employers have in providing health insurance. Conversely, ACA’s effect for employees deciding whether to take advantage of employer-provided health insurance coverage.

Employer-provided health insurance coverage trends break sharply between larger firms of 50 or more employees, and smaller firms. In 2015, 96% of larger firms provided health coverage options for employees, compared with 29.4% provided by smaller firms. ACA does not require larger firms to provide health insurance options, though it does establish penalties if coverage isn’t offered. There are no requirements for smaller firms. Interestingly enough, these percentages have not varied significantly the past 20 years.

Our Perspective

Joining Vision and Action (JVA) comes at this from a unique perspective. As JVA grew as a small firm in the mid-1990s, providing health care insurance for employees was a moral imperative of the owner. JVA’s staff nucleus during business startup were primarily women, many with young children. Several had spouses with employer-sponsored insurance coverage; others did not. It was a dilemma then, as it was until the ACA became effective, with the question: “How do I ensure my family and I have continuous health coverage”? If you did not have an employer-sponsored health plan, did not qualify for Medicare (age 65 and older) or Medicaid (low income), you relied on “pay as you go” at local health facilities. Finding insurance coverage outside the existing Medicare/Medicaid/employer parameters was challenging, confusing and restricted due to factors such as cost, availability and coverage limits due to health situations such as preexisting conditions.

A Little History

An early saving grace providing consistency to health coverage was the passage of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) and, in Colorado, the passage of Colorado Continuation in 1996 (to fill in the gaps left by COBRA). This allowed employees belonging to an employer-provided insurance program to continue health coverage for 18 months after termination of employment. This typically included carrying forward preexisting conditions. Unless the termination agreement specified otherwise, the employee paid for the ongoing coverage.

In more recent times, JVA has learned from experience the change of landscape for employees making health care coverage decisions since the passage of the ACA. The ACA provides certainty for health coverage (insurers must cover preexisting conditions and dependents until age 26) and also provides a health care insurance marketplace.

Due to this, the ACA provides greater levels of health care availability and certainty. A new employee at a firm providing health care insurance has the choice to retain a previous health plan or choose a new plan. Though retaining or choosing a health care marketplace plan instead of an employer’s plan requires the person to pay full cost for the coverage. People will still make this choice due to the desire to retain their personal health care providers. What occurs more frequently is a leaving employee choosing not to use COBRA/Colorado Continuation since the availability of coverage is easily accessible through the health care marketplace. This is accomplished with certainty of outcome.

The Bottom Line

The decision-making process regarding personal and family health care since ACA passage has become less fraught with anxiety, providing greater flexibility and choice.

Garfield County Libraries Strategic Plan

GCPLD hired JVA Consulting, LLC (JVA) to conduct this review and develop a comprehensive marketing plan. To gather data for the plan, JVA reviewed Garfield County demographics to determine the size and key characteristics of various population segments. JVA also conducted user surveys both online and in person, and facilitated six community meetings to engage with users directly on the topic of community needs and interests, and how the library might address them. Finally, JVA evaluated GCPLD’s existing marketing materials and made recommendations for ways to improve and streamline those efforts. You are invited to read the results of JVA’s work, either the executive summary or the complete 104-page report, both located online at www.gcpld.org. Print copies of each are also available at your local branch library for your review.

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August 24th, 2016|Categories: Reports and Publications|0 Comments

Montbello Market Scan

Report for Montbello Organizing Committee (MOC)

In the Spring of 2016, the Montbello Organizing Committee (MOC) hired Joining Vision and Action (JVA) to examine the neighborhood’s current status and future opportunity through three overlapping lenses: increasing healthy food access, attracting retail, and strengthening civic participation and neighborhood identity. Over the course of April, May, and June, JVA staff investigated these opportunities through three research methods: a quantitative, concurrent qualitative, and best practices analysis.

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August 8th, 2016|Categories: Reports and Publications|0 Comments

Reducing Food Waste in Denver

Report for Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

In order to inform recommendations for an integrated approach toward food waste reduction, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) contracted with Joining Vision and Action (JVA) to conduct a review of the local landscape of Denver-area organizations that prevent food waste, including the rescue and redirection of unused food and recycling food scraps.

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July 1st, 2016|Categories: Reports and Publications|0 Comments

Client Correspondence Research Findings (Phase One)

Report for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), Colorado Department of Humans Services (CDHS), Connect for Health Colorado (C4) and the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT)

In March 2016, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Connect for Health Colorado (C4) and the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) contracted with Joining Vision and Action (JVA) to conduct an evaluation of the current client correspondence letters that are sent throughout Colorado, reporting on the essential status of food assistance and medical assistance. These letters, the Notice of Action (NOA), the Income and Eligibility verification System (IEVS), the Redetermination/Recertification Notice (RRR) and the Verification Checklist (VCL) were provided to JVA as template letters that are often used in client correspondence. The team of HCPF, CDHS, C4 and OIT recognized the need for updated letters that reflect desired changes by those who see them (the end-user/reader) and those who are set to help them across the state (stakeholders).

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May 18th, 2016|Categories: Reports and Publications|0 Comments