Highlights and News

Oct 8, 2014

Report: States can use '2 Gen' approaches to cut poverty

States have an opportunity to reduce poverty by increasing family economic-mobility initiatives and creating policies that support education, human services, economic development and workforce infrastructure targeting millions of families.

According to Considering Two Generation Strategies in the States, a new report from the Working Poor Families Project (WPPF), there is renewed interest in "2 Gen" poverty-alleviation strategies.

Oct 7, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Exchange on track

Connect for Health Colorado, our state's health insurance exchange, had its first anniversary as a marketplace last week. That's a milestone, but a more important milestone comes in 2015. That's when the marketplace must be financially self-sufficient.

Based on early projections, it looks like the marketplace is on its way to meeting that goal.

Oct 7, 2014

Fed survey, report show decline in savings for retirement

Across the nation, people approaching retirement do not have enough money saved. According to the Federal Reserve, the average 401(k)/IRA balance has declined since 2010. Additionally, its Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) suggests that only half of all households have 401(k)/IRA balances.

Oct 6, 2014

Human Services board unanimous on new CCCAP rules

The Colorado State Board of Human Services unanimously approved a detailed rules package on Friday to implement legislation that restructures the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program.  The Bell Policy Center supported the legislation, HB14-1317, because it will increase the affordability of child care for low-income working families, expand access to child care in hard-to-serve areas, ensure that families throughout Colorado have access to CCCAP when they are enrolled in post-secondary education or workforce training and mitigate the "cliff effect" that holds families back from advancing

Oct 3, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Networks, premiums

Many Americans are learning about health insurance for the first time, and others are adapting to changes. One area that seems to be ever-changing is "networks," as in doctors and hospitals "in network" and "out of network."

Insurance companies have routinely made changes in networks, but in recent years, insurers have increasingly restricted the number of hospitals and doctors they do business with to keep premiums lower. It's a business decision, and it's all about cost.

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