STATEMENT: Health overhaul will hurt Coloradans

Today, the U.S. Senate released their previously “secret” version of the American Health Care Act. Senate Republicans worked on this version behind closed doors with no input from health care consumers, experts, providers or insurers. Despite assurances from Senate leadership and President Trump to the contrary, the Senate version actually is “meaner” than the House […]

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A Better Budget: Revive education and training

President Donald Trump calls his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, “A New Foundation For American Greatness.” Alternately dubbed the “taxpayer-first budget,” the document proposes $3.6 trillion in cuts over 10 years – largely at the expense of education, health care and services that give low-income individuals and families a chance to maintain financial security […]

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Action Alert: Protect Our Care!

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what it calls the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a two-vote, 217-213, margin. Now, the U.S. Senate is reportedly determined to vote on its own bill in less than a month’s time by using an arcane procedure known as “Rule 14.” In short, this little-known rule allows […]

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Working Colorado: When part-time isn’t enough

Colorado is currently enjoying a historically low unemployment rate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of April 2017, the state has the lowest unemployment rate (2.3 percent) in the nation. Unfortunately, the unemployment rate alone does not tell the complete labor-market story. Rarely do measures of “underemployment” garner much attention, but they could […]

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House health plan would take America backwards

Any plan to reform the nation’s health care system should aspire to make health care better, more affordable and readily available for all Americans. Unfortunately, the U.S. House of Representatives’ latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does exactly the opposite by slashing hundreds of billions of dollars from the country’s […]

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Trump’s budget makes ‘the unkindest cuts’

The one-two punch of President Trump’s proposed budget and the House-approved American Health Care Act send a clear message that the Trump administration and members of Congress care more about moneyed interests than the health and well-being of Americans. Although the budget is identified with the Trump administration, it should be understood as the culmination […]

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How Colorado’s largest subprime lender has raised the cost of borrowing

In the final frenzied days of the 2015 legislative session, legislators passed a bill raising interest rates on Colorado borrowers accessing certain types of credit. Policymakers were persuaded by the industry sponsor’s story line: an interest rate hike is needed to expand credit to Colorado borrowers and lenders need the increase to meet their growing […]

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2017 Legislative Wrap-up: Health Care

This year, CCLP’s Health Care program developed and supported successful efforts to address the shortcomings in client correspondence for Medicaid recipients. We mitigated punitive measures on low-income Coloradans in negotiations to establish an enterprise for the hospital provider fee. We also supported efforts to curb the rising cost of health care. On national issues, we […]

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STATEMENT: Stop the AHCA

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a two-vote, 217-213, margin. Colorado Center on Law and Policy cannot over-emphasize the harm this bill will cause if it becomes law. In short, the AHCA rolls back the Medicaid expansion, which will result in 600,000 Coloradans losing coverage. Charging older […]

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Legislative Update: May 4, 2017

The final countdown With only four more days left in the 2017 Colorado legislative session, here’s the low-down on how our bills did this week: ALIVE (AND IN NEED OF SUPPORT): We’re pleased that House Bill 1002 was approved by the House on Wednesday with a strong bipartisan vote of 41-16. Sponsored by Rep. Brittany […]

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Legislative Update: May 1, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1354 If you’re a mobile homeowner in Colorado and you failed to pay your annual property taxes, your county treasurer is required to sell the outstanding tax lien at public auction to the highest bidder. If you are among the thousands who live in mobile home communities and do not own […]

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ACTION ALERT: Stop the AHCA Redux

There they go again. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) fizzled in March after the Congressional Budget Office predicted bleak outcomes, including an increase of 24 million in the number of uninsured Americans over the next 10 years and untenable cuts in federal funding to states. Unfortunately, the AHCA is back with its plan to […]

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Advocacy Alert: Support House Bill 1312

As Colorado legislators wrap up the 2017 legislative session, there are still a number of bills being considered that deserve strong bipartisan support from both chambers. One of those bills, House Bill 1312, requires landlords to give renters a copy of their lease and a receipt for rent payments made with cash or a money […]

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