Resources & publications

Issue Brief: Colorado is losing low-cost rental housing

Issue Brief: Colorado is losing low-cost rental housing

In this issue brief, we examine changes in the stock of low-cost rental units in Colorado between 2010 and 2019. We also look at the types of rental housing that were most likely to be low-cost rentals, as well as a select economic characteristics of renters who lived in these housing units in 2019.

Created by: Published on: April 22, 2022
Overlooked and Undercounted 2022

Overlooked and Undercounted 2022

Based on the 2019 data, this edition of “Overlooked and Undercounted” reveals which Colorado families were struggling to make ends meet — even before the start of the pandemic.

Created by: Published on: March 14, 2022
Issue brief: Race equity in Colorado’s talent pipeline

Issue brief: Race equity in Colorado’s talent pipeline

Each year, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Workforce Development Council release a Talent Pipeline Report that identifies areas of opportunity and demand in Colorado’s labor market and highlights outcomes of certain statewide workforce development programs. This issue brief breaks down the key takeaways and stand-out statistics from this year’s report.

Created by: Published on: March 11, 2022
Barriers, Errors & Due Process Denied: A Review of Colorado’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Administrative Hearing Process

Barriers, Errors & Due Process Denied: A Review of Colorado’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Administrative Hearing Process

From October 2020 to February 2022, Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) conducted research on SNAP disputes and the processes and outcomes of the administrative hearing process in Colorado. CCLP staff combed through over two thousand pages of 2019 hearing decisions, analyzed state and federal data, and heard directly from Coloradans who experienced challenges with their SNAP benefits and the administrative hearing process firsthand. CCLP found that many SNAP beneficiaries encounter problems but do not successfully access hearings, and when they do, lose their hearings at rates that are much higher than national averages. Beneficiaries reported difficulty navigating the appeal process, a finding that was unsurprising given the technical and dense information provided to beneficiaries in notices and on websites. Vanishingly few beneficiaries have legal representation, and some who had limited English proficiency appeared without the benefit of trained interpreters.

Created by: Published on: March 3, 2022
2022 Legislative Preview (recorded event)

2022 Legislative Preview (recorded event)

On January 6, Colorado Center on Law and Policy hosted our annual Legislative Preview event. In this recording of the event, you can learn more about major upcoming legislation for Colorado’s 74th General Assembly and find out some of CCLP’s top priorities for 2022. Featuring Elisabeth Epps of Colorado Freedom Fund, Melanie Kesner of Interfaith Alliance, as well as many of CCLP’s own legislative experts.

Created by: Published on: January 14, 2022
Case Study: Experiences battling debt drive reform of hospital financial assistance laws in Colorado

Case Study: Experiences battling debt drive reform of hospital financial assistance laws in Colorado

This brief, co-published with Community Catalyst, tells the story of HB-1198 from conception through passage and the beginning of implementation. It is a story that begins with the experiences of the people in our communities who search in vain for hospital services they can afford, the people who are drowning in hospital bills after a sudden illness or injury, and the people who are suffering long-term financial distress because they were denied access to coverage or financial assistance.

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CCLP Annual Report 2020-2021

CCLP Annual Report 2020-2021

Colorado Center on Law and Policy releases its annual report each year to share stories of impact from the past year, to affirm our mission and progress toward our vision of a Colorado in which everyone has what they need to succeed,  to provide financial statements indicating the fiscal health of the organization, and to acknowledge the many funders and philanthropic organizations who make our work possible.

Created by: Published on: December 24, 2021
Una introducción a los avisos y las apelaciones

Una introducción a los avisos y las apelaciones

(in English, here) Servicios médicos domiciliarios y de enfermería privada para niños: Una introducción a los avisos y las apelaciones Medicaid es un derecho que le corresponde. Esto quiere decir […]

Created by: Published on: December 6, 2021
Intro to Medicaid Appeals for Pediatric Home Health PDN Services (recorded webinar)

Intro to Medicaid Appeals for Pediatric Home Health PDN Services (recorded webinar)

When Medicaid rejects medically-necessary services for your child, time is of the essence and it’s hard to know where to begin. Co-hosted with Family Voices Colorado on November 16, 2021, this webinar will help you understand:

– what is considered a “Legally Sufficient Notice”
– what the information on your notice means
– what to consider when deciding whether to appeal
– how to file an appeal (and when!)
– and where you can turn for help.

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Issue Brief: Farmworker Overtime in Colorado: Estimate of Benefits and Costs

Issue Brief: Farmworker Overtime in Colorado: Estimate of Benefits and Costs

One of the main policy questions surrounding overtime and farmworkers is the potential cost to farmers and the impact on the agricultural industry in Colorado as a whole. In this issue brief, we explore how many workers we estimate would benefit from CDLE’s proposed overtime thresholds and how that might impact farmers in Colorado.

Created by: Published on: November 8, 2021
Ready for work after COVID-19

Ready for work after COVID-19

How can our workforce development systems prepare Coloradans for a post-COVID economy? This report by Laura Ware & Charles Brennan was sponsored by a grant from the ECMC Foundation.

Created by: Published on: August 26, 2021
A Critical Opportunity to Mitigate Childhood Poverty

A Critical Opportunity to Mitigate Childhood Poverty

In this webinar from June 23, 2021, CCLP’s Sara Lipowitz joined Dr. Sandy Stenmark of the American Academy of Pediatrics-Colorado Chapter, and Christy Blakely, Executive Director of Family Voices Colorado. Discussion centered on what steps might be taken to mitigate childhood poverty across Colorado.

Created by: Published on: July 19, 2021
Amicus Brief, May 2021 – CCLP and NHeLP

Amicus Brief, May 2021 – CCLP and NHeLP

Created by: Published on: May 17, 2021
Lived Experience Project

Lived Experience Project

Created by: Published on: April 23, 2021
2020 State of Working Colorado

2020 State of Working Colorado

Published by CCLP, the 2020 State of Working Colorado is a compendium of data designed to look beyond traditional state-level economic indicators of prosperity and provide a critical, in-depth perspective of how working families are faring in our state, including statistics and analysis on income and employment.

Created by: Published on: December 29, 2020
CCLP’s 2019-20 Annual Report

CCLP’s 2019-20 Annual Report

This eight-page document reflects the effectiveness and hard work of our staff, Board of Directors and community partners throughout 2019-20. It includes an overview on our progress in issues pertaining […]

Created by: Published on: October 29, 2020
Issue Brief: Congress Must Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Issue Brief: Congress Must Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Roughly 240,000 unemployed Coloradans face a significant reduction in income when the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (or PUC) elapses in late July. The federally funded benefit — which provides a $600 […]

Created by: Published on: July 28, 2020
Budget Cuts and Health Access

Budget Cuts and Health Access

This 10-page analysis shows how proposed cuts to the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s budget will likely have adverse effects on Coloradans’ ability to access health care — […]

Created by: Published on: June 5, 2020
Public Charge: Facts and Fiction

Public Charge: Facts and Fiction

CCLP’s Allison Neswood, Esq., explains the new federal public charge rules and how they affect Colorado’s immigrant families in this 58-minute webinar.

We have applied for one CLE credit for this session. 

Created by: Published on: May 26, 2020
Issue Brief: What’s Causing Colorado’s Decline in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment?

Issue Brief: What’s Causing Colorado’s Decline in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment?

Over 1.2 million Coloradans rely on Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) for comprehensive health services that foster child development, help adults maintain employment, deliver needed mental health and […]

Created by: Published on: November 5, 2019
CCLP’s 2018-19 Annual Report

CCLP’s 2018-19 Annual Report

This eight-page document highlights the Colorado Center on Law and Policies achievements for 2018-19. It includes a statement of financial activity and a complete list of funders.

Created by: Published on: August 27, 2019
Deductible Affordability for Colorado’s Working-Age Families

Deductible Affordability for Colorado’s Working-Age Families

Colorado is in the midst of developing an affordable public health insurance option, with the Division of Insurance and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing directed to come […]

Created by: Published on: August 12, 2019
The Working Families Tax Credit Policy Paper

The Working Families Tax Credit Policy Paper

This policy paper, prepared by staff members Charles Brennan, Michelle Webster & Claire Sheridan, delves into the deep issues of economic inequality that permeates our state, but also proposes a […]

Created by: Published on: June 19, 2019
State of Working Colorado 2018

State of Working Colorado 2018

At a cursory glance, Colorado has much to celebrate in terms of low unemployment and poverty levels, but scratching the surface of the data reveals troubling trends fraught with wage […]

Created by: Published on: January 14, 2019
Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2018

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2018

Created by: Published on: December 6, 2018
Our Path: A CCLP 20th Anniversary Retrospect

Our Path: A CCLP 20th Anniversary Retrospect

This collection of vignettes celebrates some of CCLP’s proudest accomplishments over the past 20 years, including the minimum wage campaign in 2016 and the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit). Click […]

Created by: Published on: October 3, 2018
CCLP’s 2017-18 Annual Report

CCLP’s 2017-18 Annual Report

This eight-page document highlights the Colorado Center on Law and Policies achievements for 2017-18. It includes a statement of financial activity and a complete list of funders.

Created by: Published on: August 30, 2018
State of Working Colorado 2017

State of Working Colorado 2017

The State of Working Colorado is a collection of critical data designed to look beyond broad-based economic indicators to better understand how the economy is working for all Coloradans. Colorado has one […]

Created by: Published on: December 14, 2017
Facing Eviction Alone: A Study of Evictions in Denver, 2014-2016

Facing Eviction Alone: A Study of Evictions in Denver, 2014-2016

  Amid Colorado’s growing affordable-housing crisis, there are roughly 850 evictions filed with courts every week across the state. According to data compiled by the Colorado Judicial Branch and Denver County […]

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Human Services Gap Map

Human Services Gap Map

Human services programs ensure that Colorado communities have the building blocks for a prosperous future. The Human Services Gap Map provides a window into how effectively Colorado is delivering the […]

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Background Brief: HB06-1023: Verification of Lawful Presence

Background Brief: HB06-1023: Verification of Lawful Presence

Advocates across Colorado are interested in improving access to health coverage and care for Colorado’s immigrant populations. One barrier to improving access is state legislation referred to as House Bill […]

Created by: Published on: November 3, 2017
A Resource for Health Care Providers and Coverage Enrollment Assisters Serving Immigrants and their Families

A Resource for Health Care Providers and Coverage Enrollment Assisters Serving Immigrants and their Families

As a result of policy changes and anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the Trump administration, Coloradans who immigrated to the United States and their families are experiencing heightened levels of fear […]

Created by: Published on: September 29, 2017
Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Colorado

Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Colorado

This eye-opening report from 2007 illustrates how many families were caught in a “policy gap” where they earned too much to qualify for governmental work support programs, but too little […]

Created by: Published on: August 23, 2017
CCLP’s 2016 Annual Report

CCLP’s 2016 Annual Report

This eight-page document highlights the Colorado Center on Law and Policies achievements for 2016-17. It includes a statement of financial activity and a complete list of funders.

Created by: Published on: August 12, 2017
Health care affordability and Colorado’s low wage workers: a look at Medicaid recipients in Colorado

Health care affordability and Colorado’s low wage workers: a look at Medicaid recipients in Colorado

With the Trump Administration now allowing states to implement work requirements for Medicaid recipients, take a look at this comprehensive breakdown of the work and employment realities for Medicaid recipients […]

Created by: Published on: July 6, 2017
Paying More to Borrow

Paying More to Borrow

Subprime Lender Thrives While Colorado Consumers Struggle OneMain is the largest subprime installment lender in the nation operating 1,800 branches in 44 states and by far the biggest fish in […]

Created by: Published on: May 15, 2017
Medicaid Works: A Series of Factsheets

Medicaid Works: A Series of Factsheets

Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid program, is a public health insurance program that pays for necessary health care services for low-income Coloradans and those living with disabilities. By investing in health […]

Created by: Published on: March 14, 2017
Vital Signs

Vital Signs

Research consistently shows a direct correlation between income, race, where you live and your health. In general, health outcomes for low-income Latinos, Blacks and other people of color are not […]

Created by: Published on: January 4, 2017
2016 State of Working Colorado

2016 State of Working Colorado

Published annually by CCLP, this report presents a collection of critical data designed to look beyond broad-based economic indicators to better understand how the economy is working for all Coloradans […]

Created by: Published on: December 19, 2016
Vital Signs

Vital Signs: The Influence of Race, Place and Income on Colorado’s Health

Though Colorado has made significant gains in providing health coverage to its residents and boasts the lowest obesity rate in the country, data shows that not every Coloradan currently has access, means […]

Created by: Published on: November 15, 2016

Statement Regarding Conversion of Rocky Mountain HMO

This is a statement composed by CCLP’s Health Program Director Elisabeth Arenales that focuses on ensuring the Rocky Mountain HMO is fairly valued through the conversion process and that the […]

Created by: Published on: October 28, 2016

The Flaws in “Impacts of Increasing Colorado’s Minimum Wage”

This brief critiques a study produced by Eric Fruits, an economist hired by the Common Sense Policy Roundtable, a conservative and business-aligned organization in Colorado. Fruits’ study, “Impacts of Increasing […]

Created by: Published on: September 12, 2016

CCLP’s 2015 Annual Report

This eight-page document highlights the Colorado Center on Law and Policies achievements for 2014-15. It includes a statement of financial activity and a complete list of funders.

Created by: Published on: August 31, 2016

Elder Economic Security Standard Index

Created by: Published on: June 6, 2016

Medicaid for Justice Involved Adults (Resource Guide)

A large proportion of people cycling out of the criminal justice system don’t have health insurance and suffer from chronic health problems – including mental illness and addiction disorders. Such […]

Created by: Published on: March 10, 2016

Assets & Opportunity Scorecard: Colorado State Profile

The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans’ financial security. This profile shows how Colorado measures up in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & […]

Created by: Published on: January 22, 2016

Legislative and Policy Preview 2016: Health Program

In 2016, our focus will be to ensure that Medicaid expansions are protected and that Medicaid is available to all eligible applicants and participants. CCLP will protect the interests of […]

Created by: Published on: January 13, 2016

Legislative and Policy Preview 2016: Family Economic Security

This year, CCLP is developing and supporting a number of bills to ensure that Coloradans have a stake in building an economy and human services system that create economic security. […]

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State of Working Colorado 2015-16

Published annually by CCLP, this report presents a collection of critical data designed to look beyond broad-based economic indicators to better understand how the economy is working for all Coloradans […]

Created by: Published on: November 20, 2015
The Colorado Family Resource Simulator: A Demonstration (PowerPoint presentation)

The Colorado Family Resource Simulator: A Demonstration (PowerPoint presentation)

This PowerPoint presentation shows how to use the Family Resource Simulator and Basic Needs Calculator. It was presented by representatives of the National Center for Children in Poverty during an […]

Created by: Published on: October 30, 2015

Three Policy Reforms to Help Low-Income Children in Colorado

The National Center for Children in Poverty collaborated with CCLP on this briefing. NCCP used findings aggregated from its Family Resource Simulator and Basic Needs Budget Calculator to model how […]

Created by: Published on: October 29, 2015

CCLP’s 2014 Annual Report

This eight-page document highlights the Colorado Center on Law and Policies achievements for 2014-15. It includes a statement of financial activity, a complete list of funders and a preview of what’s ahead […]

Created by: Published on: August 31, 2015

The Parity Act: Putting it to Use (CCLP PowerPoint Presentation)

Recent legislation, including the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act of 2008 and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 expanded the perimeters for behavioral health coverage. This PowerPoint presentation, prepared […]

Created by: Published on: August 12, 2015

Immigrants and Health Program Access in Colorado

This brief offers a recap of the availability of points of access to healthcare and health insurance for immigrants in Colorado and explores steps other states are taking to enhance […]

Created by: Published on: July 24, 2015

Outside the Box: An Approach to Promoting and Increasing Opportunities for People with Criminal Records

To spark discussion about policies that will help people with criminal records in Colorado gain access to the job market, this CCLP brief analyzes the barriers that prevent people with criminal […]

Created by: Published on: July 10, 2015

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2015

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy is publishing The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2015 in an effort to ensure the best data and analyses are available to enable Colorado’s […]

Created by: Published on: June 10, 2015

Analysis: Challenges and Opportunities for the ACA

Five years after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law and a year and a half after most of its major provisions were implemented, […]

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Local Minimum Wage Overview

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 15 states have enacted laws prohibiting local units of government from adopting minimum wage laws for their jurisdictions. Colorado was one of […]

Created by: Published on: April 23, 2015

Analysis: King v. Burwell Arguments

On Wednesday, March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the latest legal challenge involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Petitioners in the […]

Created by: Published on: March 6, 2015

Surviving to Thriving: Pathways to Opportunity for Low-Income Women

Women comprise nearly half of the labor force and are essential to the economic engine of the state. Yet, women continue to face disparities in income and opportunity and are […]

Created by: Published on: January 27, 2015

Making Health Coverage Meaningful: Mitigating the Effects of Churn

  Churn is the word commonly used to describe the movement of people between public and private health insurance and between insured and uninsured status due to fluctuations in income […]

Created by: Published on: November 10, 2014

State of Working Colorado 2014

The United States economy fell into a deep and severe recession in December 2007. The Great Recession officially ended in June 2009 but its impact continues to be felt in […]

Created by: Published on: September 29, 2014

Manual de Colorado Trabaja

  El Programa de Colorado Trabaja es un programa enfocado en asistencia pública que empezó el 1 ro. de Julio de 1997. Colorado Trabaja puede brindarle a Ud. y a […]

Created by: Published on: September 3, 2014

Sneak Preview: State of Working Colorado 2014

  Chapter 3 – Income Income earned from work, returns on investments and government benefits is at the heart of a family’s economic security. Income determines the standard of living […]

Created by: Published on: August 28, 2014

Annual Report 2013

Dear Friend of CCLP, The past year marked a historic year for poverty reduction in Colorado and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. On the health care front, Medicaid […]

Created by: Published on: August 11, 2014

Health Law & Policy Updates

Click to access updates   2014 Health Law & Policy Updates 2013 Health Law & Policy Updates 2012 Health Law & Policy Updates   We are still working hard to […]

Created by: Published on: July 17, 2014

Letter: Connect for Health Colorado Proposed FY2015 Budget

Board of Directors Connect for Health Colorado 3773 Cherry Creek N Dr. Denver, CO 80209 RE: Connect for Health Colorado Proposed FY2015 Budget On behalf of the Colorado Consumer Health […]

Created by: Published on: June 10, 2014

CCLP’s 2014 primary legislative priorities passed: Landmark progress on reducing poverty, advancing opportunity

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy pursued an ambitious agenda during the 2014 General Assembly session to secure pathways from poverty for struggling families in Colorado. CCLP’s legislative priorities […]

Created by: Published on: May 12, 2014

Child care funding in Colorado has fallen behind by $54 million

One of the greatest barriers to employment for low-income families is the cost of child care. The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides vital support for thousands of families […]

Created by: Published on: March 26, 2014

CCLP by the Numbers 2014

Created by: Published on: March 20, 2014

Support HB 14-1317: Colorado Child Care Assistance Program changes

Support HB 14-1317: Increase access to affordable child care for working families and decrease red tape for working parents & small business child care providers Affordable child care should support—not […]

Created by: Published on: March 18, 2014

CEP 2: Marketplace and Medicaid eligibility

The Consumer Engagement Project is a coalition of four Colorado organizations that advocate for affordable, high quality health insurance for all Coloradans. The organizations include the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, […]

Created by: Published on: March 10, 2014

Income inequality surges in Colorado, according to new report

The gap between the wealthiest Coloradans and everyone else turned into a chasm following the Great Recession, according to a report released today. In that time, Colorado’s top 1 percent […]

Created by: Published on: February 19, 2014

Wage Protection Act

SB-005: SUPPORT The Wage Protection Act Sponsors: Sen. Ulibarri, Rep. Singer, Rep. Duran     Proposal Highlights: •    The Wage Protection Act ensures low-wage workers in Colorado receive the respect […]

Created by: Published on: January 22, 2014

Expanding affordable, quality child care – EOPRTF

Prepared for the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. Expanding the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program will provide needed support for more low-income families and strengthen the economy as more […]

Created by: Published on: January 15, 2014

Fixing the Child Care Tax Credit – EOPRTF

Prepared for the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. Fixing the child care tax credit would allow the poorest Colorado families to benefit from a tax policy that helps offset […]

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Strengthening adult basic education – EOPRTF

Prepared for the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. Adult education and literacy programs provide pathways out of poverty. More than 300,000 working-age Coloradoans lack a high school diploma or GED. […]

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Restoring Aid to Needy Disabled – EOPRTF

Prepared for the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. The assistance provided by the Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) program for Colorado’s neediest population has declined in recent years. […]

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Improving Access to IDs – EOPRTF

Prepared for the Economic Opportunity and Poverty Reduction Task Force. Colorado residents who lack a valid state identification card can find themselves marginalized and excluded from essential services and assistance […]

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CEP 1: Colorado’s assistance network provides essential services

The Consumer Engagement Project is a coalition of four Colorado organizations that advocate for affordable, high quality health insurance for all Coloradans. The organizations include the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, […]

Created by: Published on: December 30, 2013

After tax credits, many insurance plans in Garfield, Summit Counties are less expensive than those in Denver

Concerns have been raised about the price of health coverage offered through the Connect for Health Colorado insurance marketplace in some mountain and western slope counties. The press and residents […]

Created by: Published on: December 4, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and Colorado: Past, Present, and Future

Many Coloradans have questions about how health insurance will change under the health reform law. CCLP’s new pamphlet outlines the benefits already available, details what new changes are coming, and […]

Created by: Published on: October 28, 2013

Amendment 66 will improve Colorado’s income tax

Amendment 66 will restore Colorado’s ability to raise enough revenue to meet our schools’ growing needs and make the income tax more like those of our neighbor states, all without […]

Created by: Published on: October 2, 2013

Increasing income tax won’t harm Colorado economy

Amendment 66 issue brief two in series of three. Changes to state taxes have little influence on business location decisions, the creation of small businesses or other economic activity, according to Increasing […]

Created by: Published on: September 26, 2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Colorado Presentation

View CCLP’s presentation on the Affordable Care Act’s story in Colorado delivered at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) annual meeting on September 21st, 2013. The presentation covers the […]

Created by: Published on: September 24, 2013

Investing in education will boost Colorado economy

Investing in education will not only help Colorado students do better in school, it will also give the state a powerful tool to boost its economy. Where education thrives, higher […]

Created by: Published on: September 18, 2013

Proposal to restore benefits for Aid to the Needy Disabled program

State funding for the Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) program has fallen behind in recent years resulting in lower monthly benefits. Because total funding has been stable throughout the […]

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Remove barriers to identification to improve access to benefits

Colorado law requires that people who apply for public benefits must have a valid government identification.  For many Coloradans this is more difficult than it seems.  They are unable to […]

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Poverty rate remains unchanged, still above pre-recession level

Today, the Census Bureau released results of the 2012 Current Population Survey. This survey provides data on poverty, income and health insurance coverage primarily at the national level. Look for […]

Created by: Published on: September 17, 2013

The Affordable Care Act enhances economic security and reduces poverty for low-income Coloradans

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) reduces poverty and promotes economic security for thousands of Coloradans by providing better access to more affordable health care.  While many of […]

Created by: Published on: September 10, 2013

Our Dollars, Our Health

Our Dollars, Our Health Colorado hospitals charge several times more than the estimated cost of providing quality care, according to analysis of recently released national data on hospital charges and […]

Created by: Published on: August 15, 2013

Colorado Works Handbook

The Colorado Works Program is a work-focused public assistance program that started on July 1,1997. Colorado Works can provide individuals and families with temporary assistance, support services including work supports, […]

Created by: Published on: August 9, 2013

Connect for Health Colorado appeals process fact sheet

Developing a Connect for Health Colorado (C4HCO) appeals process through the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts (OAC) would streamline the appeals process, reduce administrative burdens and protect consumers from undue […]

Created by: Published on: August 8, 2013

Annual Report 2012

CCLP: Colorado’s Powerhouse for the Poor For fifteen years, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy has worked hard, with notable success, to enhance justice and economic security for low-income […]

Created by: Published on: August 1, 2013

Charges vary dramatically among Colorado hospitals, even within the same city

Colorado hospitals vary dramatically in what they charge and officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have said there is simply no business reason for such a […]

Created by: Published on: June 13, 2013

State of Working Colorado 2013

Each year, in partnership with the Economic Policy Institute, we produce the State of Working Colorado as a means of taking inventory of Colorado’s economy and how the state of […]

Created by: Published on: May 22, 2013

SNAP supports thousands of families and jobs in Colorado

The Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the food stamp program) provides vital assistance to thousands of families throughout Colorado. SNAP is also a form of indirect economic […]

Created by: Published on: May 21, 2013

2013 General Assembly recap

The Colorado General Assembly took significant steps toward providing economic and health security for low-income Coloradans during the General Assembly session completed yesterday. Two issues dominated the agenda for low-income […]

Created by: Published on: May 9, 2013

Identifying the causes of rising health care costs: Lessons for Colorado from other states

A new report from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy examines potential policies for containing health care costs in Colorado. Rising health care costs are presenting serious challenges for […]

Created by: Published on: April 10, 2013

2013 legislative agenda and fact sheets

CCLP is monitoring, supporting or opposing many bills this year at the Capitol. You may follow this link to Colorado Capitol Watch, where you will find a list of the bills we […]

Created by: Published on: April 1, 2013

Income boosts provided by EITC can help improve health outcomes for low-income families

Low-income families typically have limited access to health care, healthy food and exercise options. As a result, low-income adults and children experience disproportionate incidences of poor health. This paper examines […]

Created by: Published on: March 13, 2013

Testimony on SB13-200, Medicaid expansion

Testimony to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee from CCLP Health Program Director Elisabeth Arenales.    

Created by: Published on: March 4, 2013

Immigrants strengthen Colorado’s economy

The foreign-born population is a growing presence in Colorado, representing 1 in 10 of the state’s residents. Immigrants are a rising proportion of the labor force and contribute significantly to […]

Created by: Published on: February 14, 2013

Cuts to Older Americans Act would hurt Colorado's seniors

Potential cuts in federal funding for programs such as Meals on Wheels and other programs that help frail seniors would not only reduce the quality of life for older Coloradans, […]

Created by: Published on: February 13, 2013

HB13-1144 Taxes on cigarettes reduce smoking, improve public health and generate revenue for the state

A review of recent studies shows that cigarette consumption is closely tied to the price of cigarettes. In fact, one report found that even modest increases in the price of […]

Created by: Published on: January 30, 2013

Expanding Medicaid makes Colorado's workforce and economy healthier

Expanding Medicaid fills one of the gaps in health care coverage that the Affordable Care Act is designed to eliminate. The various pieces of health reform – tax credits, the […]

Created by: Published on: December 19, 2012

Tax cuts have reduced Colorado General Fund revenue over time

By any measure, Colorado’s General Fund revenue has failed to keep pace with the state’s growth in the past three decades. While Colorado’s population and economic output have grown steadily […]

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Workforce development programs threatened by sequestration

If the fiscal cliff discussions fail, the federal budget cuts that will occur as a result of the process known as sequestration could cause a reduction in workforce development services […]

Created by: Published on: December 14, 2012

Rulemaking primer

Rulemaking—the formal process of passing, or promulgating regulations—is one of the most important and least understood functions of government.  Lawmaking begins with the legislature passing broad policies in the form […]

Created by: Published on: November 24, 2012

Analysis of 2012 Federal Tax Reform, Part Three: The need for balanced budget reform

Now that the election has been decided, Congress will convene to discuss federal budget and tax reform. With the expiration of the Bush tax cuts set for January 1, 2013 […]

Created by: Published on: November 13, 2012

Governor’s 2013-14 budget proposal begins restoring cuts, but some major questions remain

Governor John Hickenlooper’s proposal for the state budget would begin restoring some of the cuts from recent years that have harmed state services. But his spending plan for the year […]

Created by: Published on: November 2, 2012

New poverty estimates paint grim picture for many communities throughout Colorado

New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey show a continued struggle for many Colorado citizens as recovery stagnates. • The overall poverty rate in Colorado […]

Created by: Published on: September 27, 2012

Sequestration and the Colorado budget

As a result Congress’s failure to agree on deficit reduction, automatic sequestration cuts will strip billions of dollars from state budgets, costing jobs and hurting working families.  Colorado stands to […]

Created by: Published on: September 2, 2012

Amendment 64 would produce $60 million in new revenue and savings for Colorado

Read our analysis of Amendment 64, that says that regulating marijuana like alcohol would generate $60 million a year in revenue and savings for the state of Colorado. In addition the revenue […]

Created by: Published on: August 16, 2012

Analysis of 2012 Federal Tax Reform, Part One: Proposed Federal Tax Plans Vary on Tax Equity

Tax rates, spending cuts and the federal deficit are again the center of debate on Capitol Hill. With the Bush-era tax cuts set to expire at the end of 2012, […]

Created by: Published on: July 9, 2012

State budget revenue holds steady but faces threats from fragile economy and federal cuts

The outlook for Colorado’s tax revenue has improved slightly in the past few months making budgets for schools, health care and other vital services secure for now.  The fragile economy […]

Created by: Published on: June 21, 2012

Immigrant Small Business Owners A Significant and Growing Part of the Economy

Today, the New York Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Initiative released a study examining the number and characteristics of immigrant small business owners across the country. The report, Immigrant Small Business Owners: A […]

Created by: Published on: June 14, 2012

Accountable Care Collaborative could save money and improve quality, but it risks new barriers to care

The state’s Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) Program could help contain costs and improve the services Medicaid recipients receive. Without careful implementation, though, the ACC Program risks creating new barriers to […]

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State of Working Colorado 2012

While the past decade has proved the resiliency of Colorado and the people who call the state home, it has also highlighted the need for forward-looking policies that help maintain […]

Created by: Published on: May 15, 2012

Long Bill prevents more cuts to schools; magnifies shortfall to the rest of Colorado’s 2012-13 budget

The Colorado House of Representatives begins debate this week on the 2012-13 state budget already approved by the General Assembly’s budget-writing panel, the Joint Budget Committee. Known as the Long […]

Created by: Published on: April 19, 2012

Take Action Advocacy Day: A look at the state of working women in Colorado

The Colorado Center on Law & Policy today will co-host the Take Action Advocacy Day for women at the State Capitol in Denver. Along with the Women and Family Action […]

Created by: Published on: April 5, 2012

Colorado Budget Primer

The Colorado Budget Primer is a detailed explanation of how the state’s budget is formed, the major players in the process, essential terms for understanding the state budget and ballot […]

Created by: Published on: January 30, 2012

Annual Report 2011

Dear Friend of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, The Colorado Center on Law and Policy makes waves. Our mission is to advance the health, eco-nomic security and well-being […]

Created by: Published on: January 1, 2012

The Elder Economic Security Standard Index for Colorado

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy recognizes that many Colorado elders age 65 and over struggle to make ends meet. Living costs are high, especially for housing and health […]

Created by: Published on: May 17, 2011

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2011

CCLP serves as the local partner of the Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard, which provides an accurate measure of the cost of living in each county in Colorado. The 2011 Self-Sufficiency Standard […]

Created by: Published on: May 1, 2011

Annual Report 2010

Highlights from a year of advancing justice and economic security for all Coloradans •     The Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute played a major role in defeating Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and […]

Created by: Published on: January 1, 2011

State of Working Colorado 2010

The past 10 years have been ones of turmoil and contradiction for Colorado and its workers. The decade that began and ended with recession saw economic growth and above-average earnings […]

Created by: Published on: May 15, 2010

The economic impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit in Colorado

Since its inception more than 35 years ago, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has proven to be an essential piece of federal policy to promote work and strengthen families. […]

Created by: Published on: April 14, 2010

Annual Report 2008-2009

  Joint letter from executive director and board president Change has been a dominant theme at CCLP and COFPI in recent years: the economic landscape, the budget picture, the political […]

Created by: Published on: January 1, 2010

Presentation on The Cost of Care: Can Coloradans afford health care?

As the debate around health care reform evolves at the state and federal levels, there are three critical areas that policymakers must consider: adequacy, accessibility, and affordability. As families grapple with increasingly difficult […]

Created by: Published on: August 31, 2009

State of Working Colorado 2009

As Colorado heads into 2010 it seems that the worst of the recession is behind us. Very recently job losses have slowed and unemployment has eased. However, the effects of […]

Created by: Published on: May 15, 2009

The Cost of Care

As the debate around health care reform evolves at the state and federal levels, there are three critical areas that policymakers must consider: adequacy, accessibility, and affordability. Affordability is often mentioned […]

Created by: Published on: April 1, 2009

State of Working Colorado 2008

As Colorado heads into a new year, there are troubling economic signs everywhere. Unemployment and poverty is up. Wages are stagnant. Fewer people are able to get health insurance. And […]

Created by: Published on: May 15, 2008

Annual Report 2007

As CCLP moved through 2007, we were fortunate to grow as an agency, to work toward solving some of Colorado’s most pressing challenges, and to welcome several new members to […]

Created by: Published on: January 1, 2008

State of Working Colorado 2007

Colorado has a mixed story to tell about its five year recovery from the 2001 recession. After experiencing a deep recession in 2001, Colorado’s economy has shown both encouraging and […]

Created by: Published on: May 15, 2007

Annual Report 2006

As 2006 came to an end, it also brought new beginnings: a new Governor in Colorado, new members of the legislature, some new faces in our agency, and a renewed […]

Created by: Published on: January 1, 2007

State of Working Colorado 2003

The Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute published The State of Working Colorado 2002: Troubling Trends 1 in January 2003. In this update of the first report, we examine Colorado’s economic conditions […]

Created by: Published on: May 15, 2003