Law lets child support actually support children

We all want to give Colorado’s children the best opportunity to achieve their full potential. Despite receiving Medicaid and food stamps for health and nutritional needs, a parent trying to support herself and her child on $364 a month likely struggles to maintain shelter and transportation while having enough funds to cover essentials like diapers […]

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Working Colorado: Is college-level earning power flattening?

The conventional wisdom that college grads earn more than those with less education still holds true today. According to 2016 data, annual median earnings for college graduates were nearly $24,000 greater than for Coloradans who stopped at high school. What’s changed, however, is that wages for college graduates have essentially stalled. College-educated workers in Colorado […]

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Legislative Update: March 31

Bill to Watch: HB 1305 In theory, every Coloradan should be able to participate in the state’s booming economy. In practice, however, that’s not always the case. Many Coloradans in the state’s criminal-records database continue to encounter permanent unemployment or under-employment and unstable incomes. The reason these Coloradans face such a significant barrier to employment […]

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What’s next for the ACA?

Last Friday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor, sparing his members a recorded vote on a flawed bill, and sparing the country the consequences of advancing a proposal that would have resulted in the loss of health insurance coverage for 24 million Americans. It was reported […]

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Statement on AHCA failure

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy worked hard with its coalition partners to stop the American Health Care Act, so we’re very pleased that House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from consideration today. As we’ve said over the past few weeks in statements, commentaries and fact sheets, the AHCA was a harmful and […]

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Legislative Update: March 24, 2017

Bipartisanship in Colorado! While it seems the U.S. Congress is gummed up with political divisions, controversy and bitter rivalries these days, Colorado legislators managed to advance a few bills supported by CCLP that promise to improve the health and well-being of low-income Coloradans – with bipartisan support, no less! On Monday, the Senate Health and […]

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Stability fund not a fix for Colorado

A risk pool with plenty of healthy people creates a stable insurance market. Under the Affordable Care Act, the stability of the individual and small-group market depends on the individual mandate bringing those healthy people to the table, and on a set of risk adjustment mechanisms that were hampered after Congressional opponents of the ACA […]

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Advocacy Alert: Protect Our Care!

Amid the information overload of these times, it would be easy for distracted citizens to overlook a critical moment in the nation’s history: the prospect that Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan that will leave millions of people (and hundreds of thousands of Coloradans) without health insurance. On […]

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Legislative Update: March 17, 2017

Tenants need more notice With affordable housing becoming increasing scarce and rents getting higher, landlords hold the advantage in Colorado’s ever-tightening rental market. Unfortunately, because landlords are only required to give seven days’ notice on rent increases or terminations on “month-to-month” tenancies, tenants can literally be left out in the cold. Recent reports indicate that […]

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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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