Highlights and News

Apr 23, 2014

Bell backs effort to increase access to retirement plans

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, testified on Tuesday in favor of a proposal that would establish a task force to study how to ensure that more Coloradans have access to retirement plans in the workplace.

In our recent report Retirement at Risk, we described the extent to which Colorado workers have access to and participate in retirement savings plans at work.

Apr 22, 2014

Jones supports plan to ease 'cliff effect' in child-care aid

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, testified on Thursday in favor of Senate Bill 14-3, which is designed to help Colorado counties develop pilot programs to combat the "cliff effect" that can harm low-income families receiving child-care benefits.

The bill, which makes improvements to legislation passed in 2012, was recommended by the Economic Opportunity and Poverty Reduction Task Force, which met over the summer.

Apr 21, 2014

'Retirement at risk' explores access to workplace plans

In Colorado, nearly 1 million private-sector workers in their prime working years do not participate in either traditional pension plans or 401(k)-type defined-contribution plans at work. More than 80 percent of them work for employers who do not offer any form of retirement plan, making lack of access the No. 1 reason Coloradans do not save for retirement.

Apr 14, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Misleading TV ads

Now that the Affordable Care Act has exceeded its enrollment goals and reduced the number of uninsured Americans, we can have some peace and quiet. Right?

Not hardly.

Midterm elections are seven months away, but we're already seeing political ads targeting the Affordable Care Act and legislators who supported it. Americans for Prosperity, an organization that opposes the ACA, is running one such ad in a number of states, including Colorado.

Apr 11, 2014

Success from the session: Protecting Colorado seniors

Colorado's senior citizens can breathe a little easier these days.

Gov. John Hickenlooper this week signed a bill that will protect more at-risk elders in our state from abuse. The legislation, Senate Bill 14-098, which was suggested by several district attorneys, clarified language to make last year's landmark legislation more effective.

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