The Faces of Colorado’s EITC: Peter Staley’s story

Author’s note: This is the first of two stories that were collected at Mi Casa Resource Center’s free tax-preparation sessions. Peter Staley is a full-time student, a single dad and one of Colorado’s 350,000 recipients of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Before returning to school, Peter worked in construction. Once his son came […]

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Colorado changes course: Kids’ income and MAGI

Beginning in 2014, all states began using Modified Adjusted Gross Income (or MAGI), a new uniform methodology for determining income eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). MAGI is also the basis for determining premium tax credits (PTC) available through a state’s healthcare exchange. While the move to uniformity and the way […]

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The 2015 Colorado General Assembly: CCLP’s Halftime Report

With the 2015 Colorado General Assembly just past the halfway point, a number of bills followed by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy are moving through the legislature. Meanwhile, many bills we followed have already died in committee and some late-breaking legislation is still waiting to be introduced. As with every session, CCLP focuses […]

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Legislative Update: March 10, 2014

The ‘bottom line’ on pay cards More employers nationwide are using pay cards to compensate employees who don’t have bank accounts. But while the method is convenient for businesses, the fees associated with redeeming these cards could have negative financial repercussions for the low-income workers who could use them. Senate Bill 101, approved by the […]

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The “never-ending saga” of the ACA continues

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on March 4 in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  At issue is the requirement that states establish health insurance exchanges, (marketplaces where people can purchase health insurance) or default that responsibility to the federal government. Plaintiffs in King argue that Congress […]

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Assessing aging as an asset

Many of us are aware that a growing body of evidence shows that without significant reforms, services cannot support the greying of our state. But, it is important to introduce another perspective into the conversation about aging: Older adults are an increasingly valuable part of our society. During her keynote speech at the 26th annual […]

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Legislative Update: March 3, 2015

Bill redefines telehealth’s scope Telehealth holds much potential for making health care convenient and efficient for patients when an on-site visit isn’t practical or even necessary. In fact, if done right, telehealth could potentially improve the quality and reduce the costs of health care. Still, it is no substitute for the human touch. Colorado legislators […]

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Legislative Update: Tuesday, Feb. 24

‘Obamacare’ repeal fails The Affordable Care Act is controversial legislation that’s by no means perfect. Some say the ACA goes too far in exerting the government’s role in health care, while others believe it’s too accommodating and beneficial for private insurers — who directly profit from the law.  But while partisans and health wonks argue […]

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Telehealth is no substitute for the human touch

The term “long-distance” is a fading memory in the age of laptops, smart phones and the Internet. Colleagues, friends and family can stay in constant communication via Skype, text, social media, email and even good, old-fashion phone service – blurring geographic boundaries for those with access to such technologies. Amid this ongoing revolution, the concept […]

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Legislative Update: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Give child-support payments to children     A single mother of two, Michele was nearly forced into homelessness after losing $480 a month because she waived child-support payments after qualifying as a recipient of the Colorado Works program. Though Michele’s ex-husband paid child support, his funds were collected by the county in which Michele resided (and by […]

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Legislative Update: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Bill aims for ‘transparent’ health prices The concept of “transparency” in health care prices has long been elusive from a consumer’s standpoint. Often, billed charges and the negotiated rates differ wildly depending on the provider, the insurer and the patient – leaving those who opt to pay out of pocket unclear about how much medical procedures actually […]

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Legislative Update: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Health exchange repeal fails Legislation to repeal Colorado’s benefit exchange stalled at the Capitol on Thursday after the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee killed House Bill 1066 by 7-6 vote. Sponsored by Rep. Janak Joshi, R-Colorado Springs and Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, the bill would have required the dissolution of Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s online […]

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