Highlights and News

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.

Feb 4, 2014

Bell testifies for bill to ensure protection for at-risk elders

Rich Jones, the Bell's director of policy and research, testified Monday in favor of Senate Bill 14-98, which will clarify language concerning crimes against senior citizens.

This bill contains changes requested by several district attorneys, based on their experience in implementing landmark legislation passed last session (SB13-111). This year's bill will help law enforcement officials in reducing elder abuse.

Jan 31, 2014

Census report shows impact of recession on poverty rate

Almost one-third of Americans lived in poverty for at least two months from January 2009 to December 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Jan 29, 2014

Waterous testifies in favor of College Affordability Act

Senior Policy Analyst Frank Waterous, the Bell's specialist on education issues, testified Wednesday in favor of the College Affordability Act.

For us, the name says it all – we believe that college should be accessible and affordable and that our state benefits when we have an educated and well-trained workforce. The Bell has long stressed that developing an educated citizenry is one of the essential functions and obligations of government.

Jan 28, 2014

Adult Education and Literacy Act will boost our state

Even though Colorado has 430,000 working-age adults who lack a high school diploma or the equivalent, and even though employers have a hard time filling "middle-skill" jobs, Colorado is the only state in the nation that provides no funding for adult education and literacy programs.

Colorado can take steps toward solving this problem, we believe, with the Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014. Senior Policy Analyst Frank Waterous testified on behalf of the proposal, House Bill 14-1085, yesterday before the House Education Committee.

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