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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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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Legislative Wrap-up: What happened in health care

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, it didn’t look like there was great deal of health care legislation in the hopper, but there were plenty of important legal advocacy issues (and implementation of policies from previous years) to keep CCLP’s Health Program working overtime. But as the legislative session unfolded, it became apparent […]

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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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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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Appeals court decisions create uncertainty about subsidies in ACA

Yesterday, federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions concerning whether consumers who purchase health insurance through exchanges set up by the federal government are eligible for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.  Thirty-six states have exchanges set up by the federal government, while the remainder exercised the option of setting up their own state-run health insurance […]

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Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Religious beliefs of corporations trump women’s access to contraception

  Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided that closely held for-profit corporations can be exempted from certain governmental requirements because of the religious beliefs of the company’s shareholders. The decision focuses on women’s access to contraception under employer sponsored health plans, but has broad implications for the ability of a corporation to seek exemptions on […]

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