Success from the session: Enterprise Zone Act reforms put cap on investment tax credits

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 16, 2013
Author: Awuor, George

Colorado's enterprise zone program will be modified to permanently cap the amount of investment tax credit that may be claimed at $750,000 per year, place greater emphasis on job creation and workforce development and provide transparency in assessing the program's effectiveness, thanks to Gov. John Hickenlooper's signing of House Bill 1142 on Wednesday.

Under the new law:

Success from the session: Expansion of Medicaid eligibility will make Colorado a healthier place

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 15, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Gov. John Hickenlooper, in signing the law that expands Medicaid eligibility, has ensured that Colorado will be a healthier place in years to come.

The expansion of health insurance coverage means that many more Coloradans will get the care they need at the right time and in the right place. The governor signed Senate Bill 200 on Monday.

Successful legislative session opens doors to opportunity

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 14, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

The 2013 legislative session made extraordinary progress in expanding opportunities for more Coloradans.

In our January preview of the session, we described how legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle outlined broad goals and emphasized the role of public policy in expanding opportunity. During the session, they delivered. The result is one of the most productive and far-reaching sessions in memory.

The Opportunity News: 2013 end-of-session wrapup

Type: Opportunity News
Published Date: May 14, 2013
Author: Arellano, AlecAwuor, GeorgeHallgren, KathleenJones, RichLipscomb, SarahSemro, BobWaterous, Frank

The 2013 legislative session made extraordinary progress in expanding opportunities for more Coloradans. The legislature enacted several measures that the Bell and others have been working on for almost a decade.

Our end-of-session edition of The Opportunity News reviews many of those accomplishments, with a focus on the Bell's major bills.

Click here to read our end-of-session wrap-up


Success from the session: Hickenlooper ensures all workers protected from workplace discrimination

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 8, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

When Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1136, the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act, into law early this week, he took a crucial step in ensuring safer workplaces for all Coloradans.

Straight talk on health care reform: "Connect for Health Colorado" is name for health insurance exchange

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 7, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Starting this week, the Colorado health insurance exchange has a new name and website – "Connect for Health Colorado" and www.connectforhealthco.org.

The website is designed to help people understand how the new exchange will work, how it affects different populations and to answer questions about health insurance and the operation of the exchange.

Coloradans can begin using the exchange to shop for health insurance on Oct. 1, 2013; the insurance will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Gov. Hickenlooper can ensure safe workplace for all Coloradans

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 3, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

The Bell Policy Center strongly supports House Bill 13-1136, the "Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act," which will provide meaningful remedies for workers who are not protected by federal law and therefore can't receive damages or attorney fees even after successfully proving discrimination. Here's why we believe in this bill

Program to help senior citizens is a money-saver for the state

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 2, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Colorado is beginning to see the "silver tsunami" – a dramatic increase in the number of residents 65 and older. In fact, by 2030, the number of 65+ households will more than double.

Because of the cost of long-term care for seniors, this growing population poses a serious challenge for the state as well as individuals and their families.

2013 ballot proposals for school funding (updated)

Type: Special Report
Published Date: May 1, 2013
Author: Buchanan, Wade

The Colorado Title Board has approved 21 ballot measures designed to provide funding for Senate Bill 13-213, which would update Colorado's school financing formula for the first time in almost 20 years. If the bill passes, voters must approve one of these ballot measures to provide funding for it.

Health care policy expert warns that costs will continue to rise; Numerous changes on the landscape for health care

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: April 27, 2013
Author: Montrose Daily Press

By Will Hearst
Montrose Daily Press

Dozens of citizens and area health care professionals found their way to a Montrose Memorial Hospital conference room Friday to learn more about the Affordable Care Act in a presentation hosted by the Montrose County League of Women Voters.

Presenter Robert Semro, a policy analyst for the Bell Policy Center, said the new policy is now the law of the land, but patients, as well as health care providers, insurance companies and employers, can expect more changes.

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