Today, Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Bethany Pray provided testimony for Senate Bill 24-093, Continuity of Health-Care Coverage Change. CCLP is in support of SB24-093.
CCLP Policy Fellow, Milena Castañeda testified at the Medical Services Board meeting regarding emergency rules for the NEMT.
Chaer Robert provided testimony against House Bill 24-1065, Reduction of State Income Taxes. CCLP is in opposition of HB24-1065.
Call to Action: Protect Our Coverage
In just two weeks, Congress will discuss cutting billions of dollars from Medicaid funding and programs that make health care coverage more affordable for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. Now is the time to tell Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and our Congressional delegation that lives are at stake.
Let our representatives know that no action should be taken to defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a carefully considered replacement plan.
Your phone calls today and throughout the holidays can make a difference. Contact information for the Governor and your senators is listed below. We’ve also provided a sample script. You can also identify your U.S. Representative or district by clicking here, but be sure to call the Governor and both senators, who represent all of us in Colorado.
Please note: To ensure your phone call is recorded and brought to the attention of your federal senators and representatives you must request a written response. Please provide an email or mailing address to the staff member on the line with you where they can send it.
Gov. John Hickenlooper – 303-866-2471
Sen. Cory Gardner – 202-224-5941
Sen. Michael Bennet – 202-224-5852
“Hi. My name is _____________ and I’m a constituent of [Representative or Senator _________ or Governor Hickenlooper].
I’m calling today because I’m worried that Congress will rush to appeal the Affordable Care Act and put me at risk of losing my health care. Unless there is a replacement plan that will ensure that Coloradans can get coverage they can afford, repealing the ACA could result in hundreds of thousands of Coloradans losing access to the care they need. Health plans could be cancelled and all Coloradans could have to pay much more for coverage.
[IF YOU’VE BENEFITTED DIRECTLY FROM THE ACA, BECAUSE YOU WERE NEWLY ABLE TO GET COVERAGE, OR TAX CREDITS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE MADE IT MORE AFFORDABLE, OR YOU WERE ABLE TO GET MEDICAID FOR THE FIRST TIME, YOU CAN ADD 1-2 SENTENCES OF YOUR PERSONAL STORY AND HOW REPEAL WOULD IMPACT YOUR LIFE]
The ACA has helped close to 500,000 Coloradans, both children and adults, get health care. It’s given Coloradans a better opportunity to work, care for our children and live healthier lives. And it’s made our economy stronger and brought in thousands of jobs. We should not have to risk all that we’ve gained. Congress must devote time to creating a better plan before it rushes to repeal.
Please tell the [Representative or Senator or Governor] my concerns, and (if speaking to your federal senator or representative) please be sure to send me his/her response to my concerns in writing. Thank you for your time.”
Additionally, we are seeking stories from Coloradans who have benefitted directly from ACA-related programs. If you are willing to share your stories through testimony or with the public, please contact Zach Stone of Colorado Consumer Health Initiative at email@example.com or 303-839-1261.You can also share your story and information by linking to CCHI’s story bank survey.
Thank you for speaking up and helping inform your elected officials of what is important to real Coloradans.
-Colorado Center on Law and Policy Staff