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January 1, 2008

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Annual Report 2007

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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 our team – bright, talented people who care deeply about our mission and who demonstrate that talent and commitment through their work.
Liz Feder joined CCLP early in 2007 as part of our growing health policy staff. As the Health Policy Analyst, Liz brings tremendous experience in policy research, local and state government, and higher education.
Adela Flores-Brennan returned to CCLP this year, after having worked here from 1999 to 2002. For much of 2007, she served as Federal Budget Analyst, before moving to the Health Care Attorney position.
We were able to expand our health care capacity thanks to the generosity of the Colorado Health Foundation, as well as the ongoing support of the Rose Community Foundation and The Denver Foundation.
Scott Downes joined CCLP in early 2007 as our first full-time Communications Director, coming to us from the political arena. His work has made an extraordinary difference in getting out the important information and work of CCLP and COFPI.
Tracey Stewart was brought on to serve as Self-Sufficiency Project contractor and then as full-time Project Coordinator, where she’s led the charge to get the innovative VisionKEI Self-Sufficiency Calculator up and running. She is now embarking on a statewide education and outreach effort to promote the 2008 Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard and the Calculator to key stakeholders. You can access this tool yourself by going to our website at
Marty Esquibel started as a Fiscal Analyst with COFPI in December 2007…the same week he and his wife had a brand new baby boy!
Along with Rita Young, Nilmini Hecox, Carol Hedges, Elisabeth Arenales, Kathy White, and Ed Kahn, we’ve grown in both staff and scope. Our people make our programs that much stronger. We know we provide a unique voice in Colorado, and the biggest challenge we face is making sure people hear it. Our focus is sharper, our resolve stronger, and our work and its results are slowly but surely instigating the kind of change we all want and hope for in Colorado.
For a nearly a decade now, we have wrestled with the question of what kind of Colorado do we want to live in and have our children inherit? What kind of health care system do Coloradans need, and how do they best access it? And what will it take to ensure that all Coloradans can pay for their basic needs?
At CCLP, we strive to play a central role in answering these vital questions, and in finding solutions to the very real problems that impact Coloradans. When families are facing the kinds of challenges they now face, with huge increases in food and gas prices, transportation and utility costs, and health care and housing prices, something must be done.
We have played an integral role in trying to help solve some of Colorado’s biggest challenges, whether it’s shaping the debate about health care reform, developing comprehensive fiscal reform, or promoting policies that move more people toward economic self-sufficiency. We have a seat at the table and we’re making our voice heard.
None of the progress we must make will happen by accident. It will take the work of all of us, the coordination of our important coalition partners, and the tremendous support of all of you. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
At CCLP, we honor and thank all the dedicated individuals, including all of our generous donors, supporters, volunteers, and wonderful partners, that we are so fortunate to work with every day to make Colorado a better place.

Maureen Farrell-Stevenson, Esq.
Executive Director


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To maintain health and well-being, people of all ages need access to quality health care that improves outcomes and reduces costs for the community. Health First Colorado, the state's Medicaid program, is public health insurance for low-income Coloradans who qualify. The program is funded jointly by a federal-state partnership and is administered by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.

Benefits of the program include behavioral health, dental services, emergency care, family planning services, hospitalization, laboratory services, maternity care, newborn care, outpatient care, prescription drugs, preventive and wellness services, primary care and rehabilitative services.

In tandem with the Affordable Care Act, Colorado expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2013 - providing hundreds of thousands of adults with incomes less than 133% FPL with health insurance for the first time increasing the health and economic well-being of these Coloradans. Most of the money for newly eligible Medicaid clients has been covered by the federal government, which will gradually decrease its contribution to 90% by 2020.

Other populations eligible for Medicaid include children, who qualify with income up to 142% FPL, pregnant women with household income under 195% FPL, and adults with dependent children with household income under 68% FPL.

Some analyses indicate that Colorado's investment in Medicaid will pay off in the long run by reducing spending on programs for the uninsured.


Hunger, though often invisible, affects everyone. It impacts people's physical, mental and emotional health and can be a culprit of obesity, depression, acute and chronic illnesses and other preventable medical conditions. Hunger also hinders education and productivity, not only stunting a child's overall well-being and academic achievement, but consuming an adult's ability to be a focused, industrious member of society. Even those who have never worried about having enough food experience the ripple effects of hunger, which seeps into our communities and erodes our state's economy.

Community resources like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, exist to ensure that families and individuals can purchase groceries, with the average benefit being about $1.40 per meal, per person.

Funding for SNAP comes from the USDA, but the administrative costs are split between local, state, and federal governments. Yet, the lack of investment in a strong, effective SNAP program impedes Colorado's progress in becoming the healthiest state in the nation and providing a better, brighter future for all. Indeed, Colorado ranks 44th in the nation for access to SNAP and lost out on more than $261 million in grocery sales due to a large access gap in SNAP enrollment.

See the Food Assistance (SNAP) Benefit Calculator to get an estimate of your eligibility for food benefits.


Every child deserves the nutritional resources needed to get a healthy start on life both inside and outside the mother's womb. In particular, good nutrition and health care is critical for establishing a strong foundation that could affect a child's future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity. Likewise, the inability to access good nutrition and health care endangers the very integrity of that foundation.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Research has shown that WIC has played an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing health care costs, resulting in longer pregnancies, fewer infant deaths, a greater likelihood of receiving prenatal care, improved infant-feeding practices, and immunization rates

Financial Security:
Colorado Works

In building a foundation for self-sufficiency, some Colorado families need some extra tools to ensure they can weather challenging financial circumstances and obtain basic resources to help them and their communities reach their potential.

Colorado Works is Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and provides public assistance to families in need. The Colorado Works program is designed to assist participants in becoming self-sufficient by strengthening the economic and social stability of families. The program provides monthly cash assistance and support services to eligible Colorado families.

The program is primarily funded by a federal block grant to the state. Counties also contribute about 20% of the cost.


Child care is a must for working families. Along with ensuring that parents can work or obtain job skills training to improve their families' economic security, studies show that quality child care improves children's academic performance, career development and health outcomes.

Yet despite these proven benefits, low-income families often struggle with the cost of child care. Colorado ranks among the top 10 most expensive states in the country for center-based child care. For families with an infant, full-time enrollment at a child care center cost an average of $15,140 a year-or about three-quarters of the total income of a family of three living at the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides child care assistance to parents who are working, searching for employment or participating in training, and parents who are enrolled in the Colorado Works Program and need child care services to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency. Most of the money for CCCAP comes from the federal Child Care and Development Fund. Each county can set their own income eligibility limit as long as it is at or above 165% of the federal poverty level and does not exceed 85% of area median income.

Unfortunately, while the need is growing, only an estimated one-quarter of all eligible children in the state are served by CCCAP. Low reimbursement rates have also resulted in fewer providers willing to accept CCCAP subsidies.