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.
Legislative Update: March 4, 2016
Bill to Watch: HB 1290
Despite declining unemployment rates, many Coloradans – particularly older workers who were displaced by the economic downturn of 2008 — still struggle to find good jobs because their skills and experience have become outdated since the Great Recession shook up the job market. House Bill 1290, sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo and Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, extends funding for ReHire Colorado, a successful transitional jobs program, from 2017 until the end of 2021.
Administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services, ReHire Colorado combines temporarily subsidized work, job-skills training and supportive services to help individuals facing barriers to employment succeed in the workforce. Coloradans whose family income is less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to apply. HB 1290 is endorsed by CCLP and the Skills2Compete Colorado coalition which CCLP coordinates. The legislation has bipartisan support and is part of a package of workforce bills backed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Learn more about the legislation in this editorial in The Pueblo Chieftain.
On the Radar
SB 22, which would expand a pilot program to mitigate the cliff effect in childcare subsidies, was passed with bipartisan support by both chambers and is currently running a victory lap to the governor’s office on its way to becoming law. The bill was championed by the Bell Policy Center, supported by CCLP and sponsored by Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, R-Thornton. HB 1156 expands the coverage of a law that prohibits employers from terminating or disciplining workers who disclose their salary or wages with other co-workers. The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor.
Off the Radar
HB 1045 was killed by the House Finance Committee by a vote of 8-3. The bill would have removed a requirement imposed by previous state legislation that made payment of Colorado’s Child Tax Credit to low- and moderate-income families with children under six contingent on Congress passing legislation to tax Internet sales.
A recent court decision on the so-called Amazon tax law and Amazon’s decision to begin collecting taxes from Colorado shoppers did not appease lawmakers’ concerns about the bill’s $68 million budgetary impact. CCLP supported the legislation because of its potential to relieve the financial stress of low-income families.
– Bob Mook