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.
CCLP’s comment on ending the exclusion of DACA recipients from Medicaid and CHIP
Earlier this month, Colorado Center on Law and Policy submitted a comment in support of a proposed federal rule that would end the exclusion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from federal health affordability programs, including Medicaid and CHIP. We applaud that change as well as the removal of other hurdles for certain children and young adults who are lawfully present in the United States.
At their best, federal rules and guidance reduce ambiguity, help programs function smoothly, and ensure that people are treated in a fair, consistent manner. Knowing that however, political interests sometimes use rulemaking as a way to complicate programs and burden those who seek access. (Look no further than the 2017 leaked executive order on public charge that created chaos in immigrant communities and threatened to force parents to choose between getting their kids medical care or seeking lawful permanent status).
The current administration has done a fine job of restoring or adjusting rules in ways that fulfills the purpose of the underlying laws and creates a more coherent whole. In CMS-9894-P, a rule that closed for comment on June 23, 2023, DACA recipients are treated like other individuals with a deferred status and will have the same opportunity as those individuals to enroll in Medicaid and CHIP, as well as subsidized commercial coverage through federal and state exchanges such as our state’s own, Connect for Health Colorado.
This group of adults, now mostly in their 20s and 30s, the majority of whom work and contribute economically to the state and their communities and pay taxes (to the tune of over $30 million in Colorado alone in 2018) should be able to get coverage that meets their needs beginning in 2024, if the rule is finalized. This is a logical step, one that strengthens our economy and public health, and that gives Colorado’s DACA recipients more opportunity to thrive.