Highlights and News

Sep 17, 2014

Census Bureau report looks at income, poverty in U.S.

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released data from the 2014 Current Population Survey, with a special focus on poverty.

The bureau's report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013, finds that, while there were not many big changes from 2012 to 2013, there are some fundamental differences and some notable trends that have been growing over the past 50 years.  Several key findings include:

Sep 15, 2014

You can help design a new funding plan for higher ed

Something very important to the future of Colorado is going on, and you have a chance to be a part of it.

We're not talking about the upcoming election, though that's important.

No, we're talking about the restructuring of how our state colleges and universities are funded – a process that, for the first time, will reward institutions in part for how well students succeed and how well institutions meet the needs of all types of students.

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)

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