Anthony Lux serves as CCLP's director of communications. His areas of expertise include institutional communications strategies, constituency growth and network activation for cause-driven organizations. Staff page ›

Sep 3, 2021

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CCLP in support of suit filed against state of Colorado

by | Sep 3, 2021

Today a federal class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of thousands of Medicaid-eligible children requiring Intensive Home and Community-Based Services. These children, diagnosed with behavioral health disorders and in need of physician-recommended treatment, have yet to receive the services Colorado is required to provide under federal law.

CCLP supports these families in pursuing the treatment their children so urgently need. We also recognize the important role that impact litigation has in bringing relief to not only a limited few plaintiffs, but consistently, to all Medicaid-enrolled families with similar needs.

Over the past decade, CCLP has worked to address deficiencies in the state’s compliance with the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements of the Medicaid program. Those federal requirements aim to ensure that physical, behavioral, and developmental problems are not only identified, but treated promptly and early, so that children can grow into adulthood with the best opportunities for healthy, independent adulthoods.

CCLP and its partners successfully advocated with the state’s Medicaid agency, Health Care Policy and Financing, to provide personal care services to all children in 2014. In 2016, our coalition advocated for behavioral therapies to children with autism spectrum disorder, negotiating for eligibility criteria that were legally sound. CCLP continues to fight alongside families whose children are denied medically necessary care, and to work with community members to understand their rights as Medicaid members.

Read the press release here.

How you can help

The families need your support. If you are willing to speak to others about your support for the lawsuit please reach out to Lynea Hansen at [email protected]. She will be looking for people to talk with lawmakers, media and other decision makers about why this lawsuit was necessary and the right move.

For families interested in getting involved, the legal team expects to have a website up in the coming weeks that will let them know more about the lawsuit and how they can potentially get involved.

Recent articles

Who gets the tax breaks in the 2023 Colorado Legislature?

Colorado is in a very odd situation.  Our legislators can’t raise taxes due to TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights). Those are decisions left to voters, who often favor only the taxes they themselves do not pay. On the other hand, both the voters and legislators can cut...

Unwinding Continuous Coverage

Since March 2020, Coloradans enrolled in Medicaid and Child Health Plus (CHP+) have been able to maintain their health coverage. This policy has meant fewer gaps in care, less paperwork, and more peace of mind. States kept people enrolled in exchange for the...

2023 Legislative Preview Event Recap

Colorado’s Legislative Session came early this year, and CCLP was ready for it! Right on the heels of the holidays CCLP hosted our 2023 Legislative Preview on January 4th. CCLP staff presented some of our legislative priorities for the antipoverty movement.   Interim...