Highlights and News

Feb 12, 2014

34% of low-income families headed by working mothers

More than one-third of Colorado's low-income families are headed by working mothers, according to a new report, Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future.

Feb 11, 2014

CBO chief seeks to correct misinformation on ACA, jobs

We commented last week when the Congressional Budget Office's outlook for the economy was so widely misconstrued. Today, Doug Elmendorf, the top guy at the CBO, posted an FAQ on the report a clear effort to try to make sure people get it right. It starts:

Q: Will 2.5 Million People Lose Their Jobs in 2024 Because of the ACA?
A: No, we would not describe our estimates in that way.

Feb 7, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: ACA 'job killer'? Nope

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have used the most recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report(1) on the nation's economy to claim that the health care law "kills jobs" and forces people out of the labor market.

Those claims, along with botched headlines and erroneous reporting, ignored important details in the report. Confusion about the report was evident in the halls of Congress.

Feb 6, 2014

Value of Earned Income Tax Credit highlighted at Capitol

Over 300,000 hard-working Colorado families receive more than $680 million in refunds under the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC lifts thousands of low- and moderate-income workers out of poverty every year, the majority of whom have children.

Feb 5, 2014

Medicaid bill would have tied legislators' hands, Bell says

Bob Semro, the Bell's health policy analyst, submitted testimony on Tuesday against a bill that would have restricted future legislatures in maintaining the expansion of Colorado's Medicaid program that accompanied the Affordable Care Act.

The proposal, House Bill 14-1135, would have prevented the use of General Fund money in administering the program. No General Fund money is used now, and Semro pointed out that if any such funding is needed in the future, decisions about that spending should be left to lawmakers in office when the matter arises.

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