What the CBO score means for CO

In a report released on Monday, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million over the next 10 years, result in big reductions in assistance for lower-income consumers who purchase insurance […]

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Legislative Update: March 10, 2017

Legislative Halftime Report With eight weeks down and eight weeks to go in the 2017 session, Colorado legislators have advanced several bipartisan measures that will make a positive difference to low-income Coloradans. While some CCLP-backed legislation did not make the final cut, we’re still working with lawmakers to develop other big proposals this session. First, […]

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Making health care inaccessible again

On Monday, House Republicans released their long-anticipated ACA repeal-and-replace bill. Though the title is the American Health Care Act, a better name might have been “Repeal Access to Care.” Among other measures, this bill would make insurance unaffordable for 450,000 low-income Coloradans by reducing the federal match for the Medicaid expansion after 2020 from 90 percent […]

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Proposed rule could lock Coloradans out of coverage

Health care is, indeed, complicated. On top of the changes to the ACA now brewing at the House of Representatives, a lengthy proposed federal rule would create a whole host of obstacles to enrollment, beginning later this year. Provisions of the rule may look like mere technicalities, but could decimate enrollment unless people speak up. […]

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Legislative Update: March 3, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1187 In Colorado, the constitutional amendment commonly known as the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (or TABOR) makes it nearly impossible to inject new funding for essentials such as health care, roads and affordable housing. Not only is the amendment a perennial source of frustration for legislators working to balance a state […]

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Why Medicaid Works

Congressional opponents of the Affordable Care Act appear to be increasingly uneasy about repealing the law’s major provisions without a replacement plan that preserves health coverage for millions of Americans. As the health care debate shifts, it is important for lawmakers to understand that while the ACA and our health system as a whole can […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 24, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1159 Under Colorado law, before a tenant can be evicted, they are entitled to three-day’s notice and a chance to dispute the basis for eviction in front of a judge. But House Bill 1159, sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, would effectively provide landlords a shortcut to eviction without giving tenants […]

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Per-capita caps = Medicaid cuts

Members of Congress are pushing to end the Medicaid system that currently allows state dollars for mandatory and optional Medicaid services and populations to be matched with federal dollars. Currently, federal dollars cover about a half of the cost of Colorado Medicaid, and 95 percent of the cost for adults who enrolled through the Medicaid […]

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Call to Action: Protect Our Coverage!

  On March 6, House Republicans introduced a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Titled the American Health Care Act, the legislation would substantially reduce the number of insured Coloradans and make it far more difficult for low- and moderate-income families to afford care. Let the members of the Colorado delegation know that this plan would devastate jeopardize […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 17, 2017

Good news, bad news Three proposals intended to ensure that Medicaid clients do not lose access to health care were approved by legislative committees this week. The first bill in the package, HB 1126 would ensure that an administrative law judge reviews the sufficiency of Medicaid termination notices at the beginning of an appeal hearing. The second bill […]

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Working Colorado: Where are the men?

It’s one of the most compelling questions about our modern labor market. While jobs have returned since the recession and unemployment is low, it is clear that not all workers have returned to work. And the people most prominently missing from the labor force are men. Yet, as with many challenges facing our post-recession economy, […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 10, 2017

Medicaid issues warrant notice Three bills that were recommended and developed by CCLP and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) will be considered by Colorado legislators next week. House Bills 1126 and 1143 are scheduled to be heard by the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol. […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 3, 2017

Bill to Watch: SB 118 Ideally, for-profit occupational schools provide students with an opportunity to obtain skills needed to compete in the workforce and find a well-paying job. However, such programs tend to cost more than tuition at community colleges. Furthermore, these schools often are unlikely to lead to gainful employment and frequently result in […]

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