Highlights and News

Oct 3, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: Networks, premiums

Many Americans are learning about health insurance for the first time, and others are adapting to changes. One area that seems to be ever-changing is "networks," as in doctors and hospitals "in network" and "out of network."

Insurance companies have routinely made changes in networks, but in recent years, insurers have increasingly restricted the number of hospitals and doctors they do business with to keep premiums lower. It's a business decision, and it's all about cost.

Oct 2, 2014

Report: Policies often don't align for 2-generation strategy

State policies fail to provide adequate two-generation supports to families with young children, even though research supports using two-generation approaches to reduce poverty, according to a new report by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP).

Sep 29, 2014

Defense Department adds restrictions on predatory loans

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released a proposal on Friday that would extend restrictions on predatory lending, which traps many active-duty service members and their dependents. The proposed rule would expand the number of lending products covered by the military's 36 percent interest rate cap, and it would close loopholes that lenders have used to get around the current rate cap.

Sep 24, 2014

The Bell's 2014 Ballot Guide

The Bell prepared this ballot guide for the upcoming election. This year there are four measures on the statewide ballot, and an important measure to expand preschool will be on the ballot in Denver County.

2014 Ballot Guide

Sep 23, 2014

State Revenues Strong, Projected to Exceed Ref C Limit

As a result of strong economic growth, state revenues are expected to grow in each of the next three fiscal years. In fact, revenue is projected to exceed the Referendum C revenue cap in fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-2017, resulting in TABOR rebates for the first time since 2001, state economists told the members of the Joint Budget Committee Monday.

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