ACTION ALERT: Stop the AHCA Redux

There they go again. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) fizzled in March after the Congressional Budget Office predicted bleak outcomes, including an increase of 24 million in the number of uninsured Americans over the next 10 years and untenable cuts in federal funding to states. Unfortunately, the AHCA is back with its plan to […]

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The other shoe drops: the Market Stabilization rule

Despite over 4,000 posted comments, many of which raised significant concerns, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized the Market Stabilization rule described in our blog last month. The rule, issued seemingly in response to carriers’ complaints about profitability of individual and small-group plans offered on the exchanges, includes a range of measures […]

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Legislative Update: March 31

Bill to Watch: HB 1305 In theory, every Coloradan should be able to participate in the state’s booming economy. In practice, however, that’s not always the case. Many Coloradans in the state’s criminal-records database continue to encounter permanent unemployment or under-employment and unstable incomes. The reason these Coloradans face such a significant barrier to employment […]

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What’s next for the ACA?

Last Friday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor, sparing his members a recorded vote on a flawed bill, and sparing the country the consequences of advancing a proposal that would have resulted in the loss of health insurance coverage for 24 million Americans. It was reported […]

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Statement on AHCA failure

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy worked hard with its coalition partners to stop the American Health Care Act, so we’re very pleased that House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from consideration today. As we’ve said over the past few weeks in statements, commentaries and fact sheets, the AHCA was a harmful and […]

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Legislative Update: March 24, 2017

Bipartisanship in Colorado! While it seems the U.S. Congress is gummed up with political divisions, controversy and bitter rivalries these days, Colorado legislators managed to advance a few bills supported by CCLP that promise to improve the health and well-being of low-income Coloradans – with bipartisan support, no less! On Monday, the Senate Health and […]

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Stability fund not a fix for Colorado

A risk pool with plenty of healthy people creates a stable insurance market. Under the Affordable Care Act, the stability of the individual and small-group market depends on the individual mandate bringing those healthy people to the table, and on a set of risk adjustment mechanisms that were hampered after Congressional opponents of the ACA […]

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Legislative Update: March 17, 2017

Tenants need more notice With affordable housing becoming increasing scarce and rents getting higher, landlords hold the advantage in Colorado’s ever-tightening rental market. Unfortunately, because landlords are only required to give seven days’ notice on rent increases or terminations on “month-to-month” tenancies, tenants can literally be left out in the cold. Recent reports indicate that […]

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What the CBO score means for CO

In a report released on Monday, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million over the next 10 years, result in big reductions in assistance for lower-income consumers who purchase insurance […]

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Legislative Update: March 10, 2017

Legislative Halftime Report With eight weeks down and eight weeks to go in the 2017 session, Colorado legislators have advanced several bipartisan measures that will make a positive difference to low-income Coloradans. While some CCLP-backed legislation did not make the final cut, we’re still working with lawmakers to develop other big proposals this session. First, […]

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Making health care inaccessible again

On Monday, House Republicans released their long-anticipated ACA repeal-and-replace bill. Though the title is the American Health Care Act, a better name might have been “Repeal Access to Care.” Among other measures, this bill would make insurance unaffordable for 450,000 low-income Coloradans by reducing the federal match for the Medicaid expansion after 2020 from 90 percent […]

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Legislative Update: March 3, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1187 In Colorado, the constitutional amendment commonly known as the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (or TABOR) makes it nearly impossible to inject new funding for essentials such as health care, roads and affordable housing. Not only is the amendment a perennial source of frustration for legislators working to balance a state […]

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Why Medicaid Works

Congressional opponents of the Affordable Care Act appear to be increasingly uneasy about repealing the law’s major provisions without a replacement plan that preserves health coverage for millions of Americans. As the health care debate shifts, it is important for lawmakers to understand that while the ACA and our health system as a whole can […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 24, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1159 Under Colorado law, before a tenant can be evicted, they are entitled to three-day’s notice and a chance to dispute the basis for eviction in front of a judge. But House Bill 1159, sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, would effectively provide landlords a shortcut to eviction without giving tenants […]

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Per-capita caps = Medicaid cuts

Members of Congress are pushing to end the Medicaid system that currently allows state dollars for mandatory and optional Medicaid services and populations to be matched with federal dollars. Currently, federal dollars cover about a half of the cost of Colorado Medicaid, and 95 percent of the cost for adults who enrolled through the Medicaid […]

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