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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Legislative Update: April 24, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1002 In 2014, CCLP championed a successful bill to introduce a child-care tax credit for workers earning less than $25,000 a year with child care expenses. The bill established an alternative calculation method for those who did not qualify for child-care tax credits because they earned too little to owe federal […]

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The other shoe drops: the Market Stabilization rule

Despite over 4,000 posted comments, many of which raised significant concerns, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized the Market Stabilization rule described in our blog last month. The rule, issued seemingly in response to carriers’ complaints about profitability of individual and small-group plans offered on the exchanges, includes a range of measures […]

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Legislative Update: April 14, 2017

‘Chance to Compete’ gains support Every Coloradan deserves a chance to compete in the workforce. That’s why CCLP developed and built support for House Bill 1305, the Colorado Chance to Compete Act. In short, the legislation prohibits most employers from asking about criminal history on initial job applications. Should HB 1305 pass, Colorado would join […]

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TANF’s cautionary tale about block grants

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF, is the block-grant created by Congress in the 1996 welfare reform legislation. Designed “to end welfare as we know it,” TANF replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) which had provided cash assistance to the nation’s neediest families since 1935. The TANF block grant amount has not changed […]

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Legislative Update: April 7, 2017

Relief for renters Colorado’s growing population and booming economy have created an ideal market for landlords and property owners – often, at the expense of low- and middle-income renters. In recent years, the percentage of Coloradans who rent rather than own has increased. Many tenants struggle to find and maintain housing because rents are too […]

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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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