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.
STATEMENT: Stop the AHCA
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a two-vote, 217-213, margin.
Colorado Center on Law and Policy cannot over-emphasize the harm this bill will cause if it becomes law.
In short, the AHCA rolls back the Medicaid expansion, which will result in 600,000 Coloradans losing coverage. Charging older people substantially more for coverage will make it difficult, and in many cases impossible, for them to purchase health insurance.
Permitting states to opt out of offering essential health benefits guts the fundamental right established in the ACA for people with pre-existing conditions to purchase health insurance.
While a recent amendment to the bill allocating $8 billion to high risk pools was touted as mitigating harm to people with pre-existing conditions, it will not. High-risk pools have not worked in the past and the dollar amounts allocated are insufficient to make them work going forward.
– Elisabeth Arenales