Highlights and News

Sep 8, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: TV ads and the ACA

Every time we turn on the TV, we see a new political ad opposing the Affordable Care Act. How do some of these claims stand up to closer examination?

Claim: 355,000 Coloradans have received cancellation notices for health insurance policies.

What you need to know: It's true that thousands of Coloradans were notified in 2013 that their policies would not be renewed in 2014. Note the time frame: It was a one-time event, prompted by provisions in the ACA that required insurance policies to meet minimum standards.

Aug 29, 2014

This Labor Day, we're thinking about retirement security

Labor Day is the national holiday when we pause to celebrate the importance of working men and women and their contribution to our country and its economy. It's also a good time to look at some of the challenges facing Colorado's working families.

It seems especially important to do so this year. The number of jobs in Colorado is increasing and our economy is growing, but many Coloradans are not fully benefiting from the economic expansion.

Aug 21, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Colorado a role model

The No. 1 goal of the Affordable Care Act is to make sure that more Americans have health insurance.

How's that working out?

We learned recently that, nationally, the uninsured rate has dropped from a high of 18 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent as of June, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. (1)

Aug 19, 2014

Federal Reserve survey shows lack of retirement savings

Many American families are not financially prepared for retirement. Currently, about one in three U.S. households reports it has no retirement savings, including one out of five members aged 55 to 64. One out of four families does not know how it will pay for expenses in retirement, including about one out six members aged 45 to 59. This is particularly troubling given the large number of baby boomers who will turn 65 in the coming decades.

Aug 12, 2014

Report: Working families fall behind on retirement saving

More than half of working-age families are at risk of not being able to maintain their standard of living in retirement. On average, families need to save 14 percent of their income each year, beginning at age 35 and running through age 65, to have enough money to maintain their pre-retirement lifestyles.

Those are the findings of How much should people save?, a recent report by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research.

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