Medical Debt & Your Credit Report: Know Your Rights Resources / La deuda médica y su informe de crédito: Recursos para conocer sus derechos

Medical Debt & Your Credit Report: Know Your Rights Resources / La deuda médica y su informe de crédito: Recursos para conocer sus derechos

CCLP Annual Report 2022

CCLP Annual Report 2022

Medicaid Appeals Guides / Las Guías de apelaciones de Medicaid

Medicaid Appeals Guides / Las Guías de apelaciones de Medicaid

Digital Equity, Inclusion, and Literacy in Colorado

Digital Equity, Inclusion, and Literacy in Colorado

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2022

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2022

Amicus Brief: French v Centura Health

Issue Brief: Colorado is losing low-cost rental housing

Issue Brief: Colorado is losing low-cost rental housing

Overlooked and Undercounted 2022

Overlooked and Undercounted 2022

Issue brief: Race equity in Colorado’s talent pipeline

Issue brief: Race equity in Colorado’s talent pipeline

Barriers, Errors & Due Process Denied: A Review of Colorado’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Administrative Hearing Process

Barriers, Errors & Due Process Denied: A Review of Colorado’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Administrative Hearing Process

Case Study: Experiences battling debt drive reform of hospital financial assistance laws in Colorado

Case Study: Experiences battling debt drive reform of hospital financial assistance laws in Colorado

CCLP Annual Report 2020-2021

CCLP Annual Report 2020-2021

Cómo tramitar una apelación de Medicaid – Servicios médicos domiciliarios y de enfermería privada

Cómo tramitar una apelación de Medicaid – Servicios médicos domiciliarios y de enfermería privada

How to file a Medicaid appeal for pediatric home health and PDN services

How to file a Medicaid appeal for pediatric home health and PDN services

Issue Brief: Farmworker Overtime in Colorado: Estimate of Benefits and Costs

Issue Brief: Farmworker Overtime in Colorado: Estimate of Benefits and Costs

Ready for work after COVID-19

Ready for work after COVID-19

Amicus Brief, May 2021 – CCLP and NHeLP

Amicus Brief, May 2021 – CCLP and NHeLP

2020 State of Working Colorado

2020 State of Working Colorado

CCLP’s 2019-20 Annual Report

CCLP’s 2019-20 Annual Report

Issue Brief: Congress Must Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Issue Brief: Congress Must Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Budget Cuts and Health Access

Budget Cuts and Health Access

Issue Brief: What’s Causing Colorado’s Decline in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment?

Issue Brief: What’s Causing Colorado’s Decline in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment?

CCLP’s 2018-19 Annual Report

CCLP’s 2018-19 Annual Report

Deductible Affordability for Colorado’s Working-Age Families

Deductible Affordability for Colorado’s Working-Age Families

The Working Families Tax Credit Policy Paper

The Working Families Tax Credit Policy Paper

State of Working Colorado 2018

State of Working Colorado 2018

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2018

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2018

Our Path: A CCLP 20th Anniversary Retrospect

Our Path: A CCLP 20th Anniversary Retrospect

CCLP’s 2017-18 Annual Report

CCLP’s 2017-18 Annual Report

State of Working Colorado 2017

State of Working Colorado 2017

Facing Eviction Alone: A Study of Evictions in Denver, 2014-2016

Facing Eviction Alone: A Study of Evictions in Denver, 2014-2016

Human Services Gap Map

Human Services Gap Map

Background Brief: HB06-1023: Verification of Lawful Presence

Background Brief: HB06-1023: Verification of Lawful Presence

A Resource for Health Care Providers and Coverage Enrollment Assisters Serving Immigrants and their Families

A Resource for Health Care Providers and Coverage Enrollment Assisters Serving Immigrants and their Families

Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Colorado

Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Colorado

CCLP’s 2016 Annual Report

CCLP’s 2016 Annual Report

Health care affordability and Colorado’s low wage workers: a look at Medicaid recipients in Colorado

Health care affordability and Colorado’s low wage workers: a look at Medicaid recipients in Colorado

Paying More to Borrow

Paying More to Borrow

Medicaid Works: A Series of Factsheets

Medicaid Works: A Series of Factsheets

2016 State of Working Colorado

2016 State of Working Colorado

Statement Regarding Conversion of Rocky Mountain HMO

The Flaws in “Impacts of Increasing Colorado’s Minimum Wage”

CCLP’s 2015 Annual Report

Elder Economic Security Standard Index

Medicaid for Justice Involved Adults (Resource Guide)

Assets & Opportunity Scorecard: Colorado State Profile

Legislative and Policy Preview 2016: Health Program

Legislative and Policy Preview 2016: Family Economic Security

State of Working Colorado 2015-16

The Colorado Family Resource Simulator: A Demonstration (PowerPoint presentation)

The Colorado Family Resource Simulator: A Demonstration (PowerPoint presentation)

Three Policy Reforms to Help Low-Income Children in Colorado

CCLP’s 2014 Annual Report

The Parity Act: Putting it to Use (CCLP PowerPoint Presentation)

Immigrants and Health Program Access in Colorado

Outside the Box: An Approach to Promoting and Increasing Opportunities for People with Criminal Records

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2015

Analysis: Challenges and Opportunities for the ACA

Local Minimum Wage Overview

Analysis: King v. Burwell Arguments

Surviving to Thriving: Pathways to Opportunity for Low-Income Women

Making Health Coverage Meaningful: Mitigating the Effects of Churn

State of Working Colorado 2014

Manual de Colorado Trabaja

Sneak Preview: State of Working Colorado 2014

Annual Report 2013

Health Law & Policy Updates

Letter: Connect for Health Colorado Proposed FY2015 Budget

CCLP’s 2014 primary legislative priorities passed: Landmark progress on reducing poverty, advancing opportunity

Child care funding in Colorado has fallen behind by $54 million

CCLP by the Numbers 2014

Support HB 14-1317: Colorado Child Care Assistance Program changes

CEP 2: Marketplace and Medicaid eligibility

Income inequality surges in Colorado, according to new report

Wage Protection Act

Expanding affordable, quality child care – EOPRTF

Fixing the Child Care Tax Credit – EOPRTF

Strengthening adult basic education – EOPRTF

Restoring Aid to Needy Disabled – EOPRTF

Improving Access to IDs – EOPRTF

CEP 1: Colorado’s assistance network provides essential services

After tax credits, many insurance plans in Garfield, Summit Counties are less expensive than those in Denver

The Affordable Care Act and Colorado: Past, Present, and Future

Amendment 66 will improve Colorado’s income tax

Increasing income tax won’t harm Colorado economy

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Colorado Presentation

Investing in education will boost Colorado economy

Proposal to restore benefits for Aid to the Needy Disabled program

Remove barriers to identification to improve access to benefits

Poverty rate remains unchanged, still above pre-recession level

The Affordable Care Act enhances economic security and reduces poverty for low-income Coloradans

Our Dollars, Our Health

Colorado Works Handbook

Connect for Health Colorado appeals process fact sheet

Annual Report 2012

Charges vary dramatically among Colorado hospitals, even within the same city

State of Working Colorado 2013

SNAP supports thousands of families and jobs in Colorado

2013 General Assembly recap

Identifying the causes of rising health care costs: Lessons for Colorado from other states

2013 legislative agenda and fact sheets

Income boosts provided by EITC can help improve health outcomes for low-income families

Testimony on SB13-200, Medicaid expansion

Immigrants strengthen Colorado’s economy

Cuts to Older Americans Act would hurt Colorado's seniors

HB13-1144 Taxes on cigarettes reduce smoking, improve public health and generate revenue for the state

Expanding Medicaid makes Colorado's workforce and economy healthier

Tax cuts have reduced Colorado General Fund revenue over time

Workforce development programs threatened by sequestration

Rulemaking primer

Analysis of 2012 Federal Tax Reform, Part Three: The need for balanced budget reform

Governor’s 2013-14 budget proposal begins restoring cuts, but some major questions remain

New poverty estimates paint grim picture for many communities throughout Colorado

Sequestration and the Colorado budget

Amendment 64 would produce $60 million in new revenue and savings for Colorado

Analysis of 2012 Federal Tax Reform, Part One: Proposed Federal Tax Plans Vary on Tax Equity

State budget revenue holds steady but faces threats from fragile economy and federal cuts

Immigrant Small Business Owners A Significant and Growing Part of the Economy

Accountable Care Collaborative could save money and improve quality, but it risks new barriers to care

State of Working Colorado 2012

Long Bill prevents more cuts to schools; magnifies shortfall to the rest of Colorado’s 2012-13 budget

Take Action Advocacy Day: A look at the state of working women in Colorado

Colorado Budget Primer

Annual Report 2011

The Elder Economic Security Standard Index for Colorado

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2011

Annual Report 2010

State of Working Colorado 2010

The economic impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit in Colorado

Annual Report 2008-2009

Presentation on The Cost of Care: Can Coloradans afford health care?

State of Working Colorado 2009

The Cost of Care

State of Working Colorado 2008

Annual Report 2007

State of Working Colorado 2007

Annual Report 2006

State of Working Colorado 2003

HEALTH:
HEALTH FIRST COLORADO (MEDICAID)

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.

FOOD SECURITY:
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)

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.

FOOD SECURITY:
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)

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.

EARLY LEARNING:
COLORADO CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCCAP)

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.