Since 1998, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy worked to enhance justice and economic security for low-income Coloradans. Highlights of our progress are listed below. See also: CCLP by the Numbers 2014.
- CCLP served as the lead stakeholder providing research and advocacy to Colorado’s legislative Economic Opportunity and Poverty Reduction Taskforce (EOPRTF).
- CCLP has supported the Earned Income Tax Credit since 2000, and in 2013, played a role in the coalition that resulted in the passage of SB13-01, which established the EITC in state law.
Health Reform & the Affordable Care Act
- CCLP serves as a leader in health reform implementation in Colorado. We worked to support passage of SB11-200, which established the health insurance exchange, and have worked to support and advance the establishment of that exchange, known as Connect for Health Colorado (C4HCO).
- As the exchange was developed in 2013 CCLP helped establish a meaningful appeals process for those applying for tax credits through C4HCO and supported the appointment of two exchange board members who represent consumers served by C4HCO.
- CCLP has a long history of defending, protecting and expanding access to Medicaid including working to secure passage of SB13-200 expanding Medicaid eligibility to Coloradans under 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. CCLP protects the interests of children in Medicaid, including through working to enhance access to benefits for children with significant disabilities.
- 2,626 lawfully present pregnant immigrant women and children were ensured Medicaid eligibility due HB09-1353’s passage, which CCLP helped to secure.
- CCLP has led efforts to implement the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program which is now known as the state Colorado Works program. CCLP worked to ensure that the voice and rights of program participants was a priority in the process.
- In 2004, CCLP successfully challenged the failed implementation of the Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS), helping ensure the timely processing of applications for public benefits. CCLP continues to monitor timely processing of benefits applications through ongoing settlement agreements with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the Colorado Department of Human Services.
- Each year, in partnership with the Economic Policy Institute, CCLP produces the State of Working Colorado as a means of taking inventory of Colorado’s economy. The data in these reports help identify and shape the development of public policies that improve the lives of low-income Coloradans.
Job Training & Adult Basic Education
- CCLP serves as the lead facilitator for the Skills2Compete (S2C) Colorado Campaign, which advocates for policies that promote of middle-skill jobs.
- In 2012, the S2C coalition worked to help pass the “Skills for Jobs Act,” an innovative bill that aligns Colorado’s job openings with education and training outcomes and reduce the state’s skills gap.
Health Care Costs & Affordability
- CCLP works to ensure access to quality, affordable care, and in 2013 published a series of issues briefs, Our Dollars, Our Health, revealing dramatic variances in Colorado hospital costs and the arbitrary nature used to determine charges for care.
- In 2010, CCLP led the advocates’ charge for the elimination of special tax credits and exemptions to help stabile state General Fund revenue during the heart of the Great Recession and protect public benefit programs from more extreme cuts.
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