Advocacy Alert: Support House Bill 1312

As Colorado legislators wrap up the 2017 legislative session, there are still a number of bills being considered that deserve strong bipartisan support from both chambers. One of those bills, House Bill 1312, requires landlords to give renters a copy of their lease and a receipt for rent payments made with cash or a money […]

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Legislative Update: April 24, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1002 In 2014, CCLP championed a successful bill to introduce a child-care tax credit for workers earning less than $25,000 a year with child care expenses. The bill established an alternative calculation method for those who did not qualify for child-care tax credits because they earned too little to owe federal […]

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Legislative Update: April 14, 2017

‘Chance to Compete’ gains support Every Coloradan deserves a chance to compete in the workforce. That’s why CCLP developed and built support for House Bill 1305, the Colorado Chance to Compete Act. In short, the legislation prohibits most employers from asking about criminal history on initial job applications. Should HB 1305 pass, Colorado would join […]

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Law lets child support actually support children

We all want to give Colorado’s children the best opportunity to achieve their full potential. Despite receiving Medicaid and food stamps for health and nutritional needs, a parent trying to support herself and her child on $364 a month likely struggles to maintain shelter and transportation while having enough funds to cover essentials like diapers […]

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Proposed rule could lock Coloradans out of coverage

Health care is, indeed, complicated. On top of the changes to the ACA now brewing at the House of Representatives, a lengthy proposed federal rule would create a whole host of obstacles to enrollment, beginning later this year. Provisions of the rule may look like mere technicalities, but could decimate enrollment unless people speak up. […]

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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. 17, 2017

Good news, bad news Three proposals intended to ensure that Medicaid clients do not lose access to health care were approved by legislative committees this week. The first bill in the package, HB 1126 would ensure that an administrative law judge reviews the sufficiency of Medicaid termination notices at the beginning of an appeal hearing. The second bill […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 10, 2017

Medicaid issues warrant notice Three bills that were recommended and developed by CCLP and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) will be considered by Colorado legislators next week. House Bills 1126 and 1143 are scheduled to be heard by the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol. […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 3, 2017

Bill to Watch: SB 118 Ideally, for-profit occupational schools provide students with an opportunity to obtain skills needed to compete in the workforce and find a well-paying job. However, such programs tend to cost more than tuition at community colleges. Furthermore, these schools often are unlikely to lead to gainful employment and frequently result in […]

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Legislative & Policy Preview 2017: Family Economic Security

During this year’s legislative session, CCLP’s Family Economic Security program will focus on expanding job opportunities and training for all Coloradans, renewing the Colorado Child Tax Credit for low-income workers, encouraging the development of more affordable housing units throughout the state and extending the notification period so that tenants without leases have enough time to […]

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Daring to imagine a poverty-free Colorado

Imagine if every Coloradan, regardless of race, ethnicity or where they live, had the resources to afford housing, food, clothing, health care and other essentials — while building financial security for the future. Imagine if quality, affordable health care were available throughout the state, so all Coloradans could receive the care they need and didn’t […]

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Legislative Wrap-Up 2016: Family Economic Security

This year, CCLP’s Family Economic Security team is focused on removing barriers to employment because the most direct pathway out of poverty is a job. To that point, we spearheaded and shepherded legislation to help Coloradans to obtain documents needed to be issued a state ID. We developed and supported legislation that would bar employers […]

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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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