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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Economist tells Coloradans how to break wage stagnation

Much has changed in the American economy since 1973. As a country, we’ve weathered six recessions, endured wild oscillations in the stock market and built up our GDP by more than $11 trillion. Yet, despite these significant social and economic developments, not much has changed for working-class families in terms of their “bottom line.” Though […]

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Keep up with Medicaid payment and delivery-system reform

Many healthcare policy experts have turned their attention over the past few years to payment and delivery system reform. As Medicaid programs, private-insurance carriers and Medicare move towards reform, insurers are emphasizing “quality of care” over “volume” – while attempting to reduce healthcare spending. From a consumer perspective, the question is how to ensure that […]

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Honoring this year’s Champions for Economic Justice

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy is proud to bestow this year’s Champions for Economic Justice Awards on two individuals who’ve devoted their lives to helping low-income families: Maureen Farrell-Stevenson, Esq. and Sen. Irene Aguilar, MD. Both women will be honored at CCLP’s Pathways from Poverty Breakfast, Oct. 9 from 7:30-10 a.m. at the […]

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Coverage numbers soar, but affordability remains a serious problem

The Colorado Health Institute’s Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) data released earlier this month shows encouraging evidence that healthcare policy changes are resulting in more Coloradans getting health insurance coverage. According to the report, the rate of Coloradans without insurance dropped to a historical low of 6.7 percent — or 353,000 people. Meanwhile, a mere […]

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The ACA could improve healthcare for Colorado’s American Indians

In the late 1990s, The New York Times declared “Indian Country Finds A Capital in Denver.” The article noted Denver’s centralized location between the reservations of the Northern Plains and the Pueblos and reservations of the Southwest. The Times characterized the city as “the geographic center of Indian America” and as a modern-day crossroads for […]

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Meet an ‘economics legend’ on Oct. 9

As a longtime policy geek, there’s a soft spot in my heart for progressive analysts and economists who closely scrutinize the numbers and reveal why the stock market, GDP, unemployment figures and other trusted indicators don’t tell the full story. In fact, one of the proudest moments of my communications career was ghostwriting a “fan […]

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