Legislative Wrap-Up 2016: Health Care

This year, CCLP’s Health Program supported establishing an enterprise for the state’s hospital provider fee to preserve funding for health care and other programs. We also worked to expand access to Medicaid and to protect the sustainability of Colorado’s health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Finally, we worked on several bills intended to address […]

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Short-term rentals: A problem that demands notice

The most effective way to fight homelessness is to stop it before it occurs. With that axiom in mind, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy worked with Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, to develop legislation that would increase protections for tenants in “month-to-month” rental arrangements. House Bill 1461 would extend the “notice-to-quit” period to terminate […]

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More Coloradans to get Medicaid

An estimated 5,000 Coloradans who lacked health coverage options will now qualify for Medicaid under recent guidance the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued on Thursday.  The guidance clarifies that those who reside in community corrections facilities while on probation or parole are not considered inmates of a public institution and therefore […]

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Legislative Update: April 29, 2016

Activity at the State Capitol is accelerating at a rapid pace with the Legislative Session set to adjourn on May 11. Here’s a quick rundown of CCLP’s legislative priorities and their status: * House Bill 1050  was killed by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a 3-2 vote on Wednesday. The measure, […]

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Provider-fee enterprise would relieve state budget problems

Critical programs and services in Colorado perennially face cuts even in times of prosperity because of the budgetary constraints under the amendment known as Taxpayers Bill of Rights (or TABOR). This paradox is inadvertently exacerbated by the hospital provider fee established by lawmakers. The fee was created in 2009 to let Colorado’s Medicaid program draw […]

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Legislative Update: April 15, 2016

Bill to Watch: SB 185 No matter how you slice it, a bad idea is simply a bad idea. Last year, legislators (some say unwittingly) approved HB 1390 in the final, frantic days of the legislative session. Supported by lobbyists from the financial industry, the bill purported to help low- to mid-income Coloradans with poor […]

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A SNAP-shot of food stamp access in Colorado

Food stamps provide eligible families with a modest monthly stipend to purchase food — averaging $1.40 per person, per meal. The majority of those eligible are children, seniors, working adults, veterans and those who are disabled. The program not only provides access to the fuel needed for healthier lives but also helps create jobs, increase grocery […]

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7 ways to address wage stagnation and income inequality

Despite steady job growth, rising productivity and declining unemployment in recent years, it is clear that broadly shared prosperity has not rebounded in Colorado. According to CCLP’s State of Working Colorado 2015-16, the median hourly wage has remained virtually stagnant since the economic recovery began in 2009. In fact, wages for most Colorado workers are […]

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Legislative Update: March 21, 2016

Takeaways from budget forecasts Colorado legislators on Friday heard the quarterly revenue forecasts from economists in Governor’s Office and Legislative Council. These forecasts provide a rough guide to the current budgeting and how much revenue the state expects to receive and how much it can spend during the next fiscal year. Members of the Joint Budget Committee […]

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ID program provides critical link for Colorado’s neediest families

It’s nearly impossible to get essentials such as health care, housing, employment and public benefits without a state-issued identification card. Citizens need a picture ID when opening a bank account, cashing a check and picking up prescriptions. Unfortunately, obtaining an ID card can be nearly impossible for some of Colorado’s most vulnerable residents. The process […]

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Legislative Update: March 11, 2016

CCLP’s Halftime Report With the legislative session a little past the halfway mark, CCLP helped develop two bills that should be introduced during the next few weeks. One measure, which stems from our Responsible Re-Entry project, would improve job prospects for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans whose opportunities are limited by past mistakes. Sponsored by […]

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