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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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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