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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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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Tools show how policy could soften the “cliff effect” for low-income kids

More than one-third of Colorado children live in low-income families – threatening their health, education and chances of succeeding later in life. While Colorado has safety nets in place, many families could lose important benefits such as SNAP or the Child Care Assistance Program when there’s a marginal change in their earnings. Losing such supports […]

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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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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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