Colorado should increase funding to local public health departments so they can continue to provide immunizations and prenatal care, monitor communicable diseases and help provide visiting nurse services.
A Boulder Daily Camera commentary criticizing the state for revoking presumed eligibility for pregnant women in Colorado, a change to the Medicaid program intended to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving services that led to 19,000 low-income women being denied prenatal care.
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SB 06-135 represents an opportunity gain for Colorado. SB 135 authorizes the use of tobacco tax moneys appropriated from the Health Care Expansion Fund to reimburse 100 percent of the costs related to prenatal care for pregnant women who were not covered retroactively under the Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Waiver.