Legislative Update: Feb. 4, 2016

Hope for affordable housing The dearth of affordable housing continues to vex low- to middle-class households in Colorado. According to one recent news report, hundreds of people lined up for the chance to apply for a new affordable-housing development in Denver ‑- only to be turned away because the crowd grew too large. Recent statistics […]

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Legislative Update: Jan. 29, 2016

Bill to Watch: SB 22 Far too many Colorado families experience the “cliff effect” — the point at which recipients see a sudden loss of public benefits (or work supports) upon reaching a certain income threshold. Senate Bill 22 would expand a pilot program to mitigate the cliff effect in childcare subsidies. Currently, the program […]

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Scorecard reveals challenges for Colorado families

Seven years since the official end of the Great Recession, many economists agree that America’s agonizingly slow financial recovery is finally complete. But even though the national unemployment rate has remained steady in recent months, it’s clear to many families that the widespread economic prosperity of the past is just that—a thing of the past. […]

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Legislative Update: Jan. 22, 2016

Legislation could help low-income parents get ahead Studies consistently show that a lack of affordable childcare limits parents’ educational goals and hampers their efforts to move out of poverty when their children would benefit the most. One quandary that low-income parents frequently encounter is that they can’t improve their skills to support their families without […]

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Affordable childcare helps parents sharpen skills to support their families

Studies consistently show that a lack of affordable childcare limits parents’ educational goals and compromises their efforts to move out of poverty. Approximately 52 percent of single mothers in Colorado without high school diplomas live in poverty. Yet, the poverty rate falls to 18 percent for single mothers with a bachelor’s degree. Colorado provides some […]

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Legislative Update: Jan. 15, 2016

This year, CCLP will back many bills with bipartisan appeal that could make a significant difference in the lives of low-income Coloradans. We’re also expecting to play “defense” against legislation that could potentially hurt Colorado’s neediest families. Yesterday, CCLP staff shared our priorities for 2016 both inside and outside the Capitol dome during our annual […]

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Legislative and Policy Preview 2016: Health Care

In 2016, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy will work to ensure that Medicaid expansions are protected and that program is available to all eligible applicants and participants. CCLP will protect the interests of low-income Coloradans as Colorado moves forward with payment and delivery system reform. We will also work to ensure that benefits […]

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Grant to forge pathways from homelessness

Many Coloradans become homeless after losing a job because it’s nearly impossible to pay rent without sufficient income and savings. To further complicate matters, it’s much more difficult to search for employment without stable housing. In metro Denver, over 30 percent of those experiencing homelessness have worked in the past month. But in today’s economy, […]

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Coloradans still fare poorly in poverty measures

Six years into an economic recovery, far too many Colorado families are still being left behind. Unlike other measures of economic health such as unemployment, poverty rates have been much slower to respond to the economic recovery. Economic insecurity and poverty remain more pervasive than would be suggested by the high-level headlines about how the […]

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Let’s build an economy that works for everyone

What should an economic recovery look like in Colorado? Is it a period of prosperity during which everyone in the state has a chance to work, build their economic security and provide for their families’ needs? Or is it a time when peoples’ wages stagnate, Coloradans struggle to make ends meet and only those in […]

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Proposed bills address concerns of low-income Coloradans

The Colorado Constitution limits the Colorado legislature to meeting only 120 days per year. Fortunately, lawmakers can still flag issues of great concern and create interim committees. These groups can spend more time between legislative sessions studying problems and proposing solutions. After each committee proposes and selects proposed bills, they are sent to Legislative Council […]

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Program fills gaps in indigent care

The Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP), administered by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), is an important safety net program designed to make discounted healthcare services available to low-income Coloradans. But changes in health coverage spurred by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have prompted stakeholders and HCPF to re-evaluate how to […]

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