Call to Action: Protect Our Coverage

In just two weeks, Congress will discuss cutting billions of dollars from Medicaid funding and programs that make health care coverage more affordable for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. Now is the time to tell Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and our Congressional delegation that lives are at stake. Let our representatives know that no action […]

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Coloradans must stand up for mental health parity

Despite recent efforts to address behavioral health issues, the incidence of poor mental health and substance abuse disorder is unacceptably high in Colorado. Untreated, behavioral health problems impact physical health, school performance, jobs and incarceration rates. Nationally, mental illness affects roughly 20 percent of the population, and substance use disorder affects about 10 percent, but […]

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Case could implicate ‘Obamacare’

Earlier this month, a D.C. federal district court judge ruled that the Obama administration improperly funded an Affordable Care Act (ACA) program that reduces out-of-pocket health insurance costs for low- to moderate-income people. The lawsuit, House of Representatives vs. Burwell, was filed in November 2014 by the House of Representatives, which is the plaintiff in […]

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Legislative Wrap-Up 2016: Health Care

This year, CCLP’s Health Program supported establishing an enterprise for the state’s hospital provider fee to preserve funding for health care and other programs. We also worked to expand access to Medicaid and to protect the sustainability of Colorado’s health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Finally, we worked on several bills intended to address […]

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More Coloradans to get Medicaid

An estimated 5,000 Coloradans who lacked health coverage options will now qualify for Medicaid under recent guidance the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued on Thursday.  The guidance clarifies that those who reside in community corrections facilities while on probation or parole are not considered inmates of a public institution and therefore […]

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Provider-fee enterprise would relieve state budget problems

Critical programs and services in Colorado perennially face cuts even in times of prosperity because of the budgetary constraints under the amendment known as Taxpayers Bill of Rights (or TABOR). This paradox is inadvertently exacerbated by the hospital provider fee established by lawmakers. The fee was created in 2009 to let Colorado’s Medicaid program draw […]

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AG’s opinion could help low-income Coloradans

Low-income Coloradans often pay the price for the state’s budgetary quandaries. Fortunately, there are tools available to relieve some of the budgetary pressure caused by rigid constitutional requirements. The issue is whether lawmakers are willing to use those tools. Case in point, in 2009, Colorado lawmakers created a fee on hospitals that allowed Colorado’s Medicaid […]

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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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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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