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. 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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Short-term rentals: A problem that demands notice

The most effective way to fight homelessness is to stop it before it occurs. With that axiom in mind, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy worked with Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, to develop legislation that would increase protections for tenants in “month-to-month” rental arrangements. House Bill 1461 would extend the “notice-to-quit” period to terminate […]

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Legislative Update: April 29, 2016

Activity at the State Capitol is accelerating at a rapid pace with the Legislative Session set to adjourn on May 11. Here’s a quick rundown of CCLP’s legislative priorities and their status: * House Bill 1050  was killed by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a 3-2 vote on Wednesday. The measure, […]

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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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Legislative Update: April 15, 2016

Bill to Watch: SB 185 No matter how you slice it, a bad idea is simply a bad idea. Last year, legislators (some say unwittingly) approved HB 1390 in the final, frantic days of the legislative session. Supported by lobbyists from the financial industry, the bill purported to help low- to mid-income Coloradans with poor […]

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