Highlights and News

Jun 23, 2014

'Policy geek' shares thoughts on Ascend Network forum

Ascend group pix

Rich Jones and fellow members of the Ascend Network.
He's the tall fellow in blue shirt in the back.

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, recently attended a forum by the Ascend at the Aspen Institute Network devoted to exploring how early childhood and health policies affect "two-generation approaches" aimed at reducing poverty.

Jun 13, 2014

IRAs only one piece of retirement puzzle, studies show

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), while an important tool for many households, are not sufficient in helping American workers and their families prepare for a financially secure retirement, according to an analysis of a recent study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

Jun 12, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Volatile premiums

Health insurance carriers are in the process of calculating premium rates for next year.

Some insurers have completed the process, but at this point, we don't have a complete picture of what rates will look like across the industry in 2015. What we do know is that every anecdote surrounding rate increases or decreases will find its way into the political debate leading up to this year's mid-term elections.

Jun 9, 2014

Success from the session: Higher ed and student success

Post-secondary education will be more accessible, affordable and focused on student success for Colorado families this year, thanks to two bills signed into law recently by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Along with changes that affect accessibility and affordability, the way that funding is allocated to colleges and universities will be fundamentally different. Now, funding will be based, in part, on how well colleges and universities ensure that their students succeed and the extent to which they put underserved and at-risk students on a path to success.

Jun 5, 2014

Success from the session: State funds for adult education

Signing Adult Ed

Rep. Rhonda Fields and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger flank
Gov. John Hickenlooper as he signs HB 1085. Alison
Suzukamo of the Bell is left of the American flag,
and Frank Waterous is to the right.

By Frank Waterous, Senior Policy Analyst

Sometimes, receiving funding through the legislative process is about more than just the money. Sometimes, it's about making history.

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