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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.

Success from the session: ASSET signing makes history, and we're proud to have been part of it

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: April 30, 2013
Author: Waterous, Frank

 

HickenlooperASSET

Gov. John Hickenlooper, surrounded by legislative sponsors
and supporters, displays the final ceremonial pen
used to sign the ASSET bill.

By Frank Waterous, Senior Policy Analyst

SB13-001: Colorado Working Families Opportunity Act

Type: Testimony
Published Date: April 29, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

Colorado Working Families Opportunity Act

Senate Bill 13-001

Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research

Testimony to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee

April 29, 2013

 

Thank you for the opportunity to testify to the committee today.

SB13-001: Colorado Working Families Opportunity Act

Type: Testimony
Published Date:
Author: Jones, Rich

Colorado Working Families Opportunity Act

Senate Bill 13-001

Rich Jones, Director of Policy and Research

Testimony to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee

April 29, 2013

 

Thank you for the opportunity to testify to the committee today.

HB13-1165: Creation of a Manufacturing Career Pathway (Senate Education Committee)

Type: Testimony
Published Date: April 25, 2013
Author: Waterous, Frank

Creation of a Manufacturing Career Pathway

House Bill 13-1165

Testimony to the Senate Education Committee
Frank Waterous, Senior Policy Analyst
April 25, 2013

My name is Frank Waterous, and I am a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.

SB13-200: Expand Medicaid Eligibility (House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee)

Type: Testimony
Published Date: April 23, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Expand Medicaid Eligibility

­­­­Senate Bill 13-200

Robert Semro, policy analyst
Testimony to the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee
April 23, 2013

My name is Robert Semro, and I am a policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and advocacy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.

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