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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Rule proposal would update overtime protections

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule change regarding overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Currently, the protections are supposed to provide pay-and-a-half to those who work more than 40 hours a week or more than 12 hours a day. The protections are also designed to ensure that employees […]

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Quality, affordable childcare improves education and training opportunities

Editor’s note: This blog posting uses excerpts from testimony prepared by Casey O’Donnell, Research and Policy Analysis Associate at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Casey gave the testimony during the Aug. 17 meeting of the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission Interim Committee regarding the question of whether sufficient childcare is available to […]

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Revised caps policy will help Colorado families

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy has long been concerned about the affordability of healthcare as many middle- and low-income families experience significant hardship when faced with substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses. The increase in the number of high-deductible health insurance plans and the requirement that many health plans impose on their customers to pay […]

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