Highlights and News

Jun 30, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: '15 premiums ... soon

How much will health insurance premiums go up next year?  The short answer: We won't know for several months.

We have some general information, but we don't have all the details. The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) recently released its preliminary assessment of proposed premiums for 2015. It says new rate filings indicate that "most premiums" will fall between a 10 percent decrease and a 10 percent increase when compared to 2014.(1) Those rates are still under review and will not be approved until this September.

Jun 27, 2014

Report: Greater oversight needed for for-profit colleges

In response to the increasing number of federal and state investigations into deceptive practices at for-profit higher education institutions, the National Consumer Law Center has released a report about how to best ensure quality and protect students from such practices.

Jun 25, 2014

Revenue growth expected, but structural problems persist

Economists from both the legislature and the governor's office predict a sound economy and continued growth in state revenues over the next three years.

Last Friday, economists from the Legislative Council Staff (LCS) and the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budget (OSPB) told the legislature's Joint Budget Committee to expect General Fund revenues to grow between 6.5 and 7.5 percent in fiscal year 2014-15 (which begins next Tuesday) and between 5.65 and 5.8 percent the following year (FY 2015-16).

Jun 25, 2014

Child care too expensive for families across Colorado

Quality, affordable child care is out of reach for many Colorado families, according to a brief produced by our friends at the Colorado Children's Campaign, the Women's Foundation of Colorado, and Qualistar Colorado. In fact, Colorado ranks the fifth-least affordable state for center-based child care.

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.

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