Sunday, August 14, 2022


Voting-rights groups sue AZ to block 'Election Security' Bills; U.S House vote expected today on the new Inflation Reduction Act; the Attorney General moves to release details on search of Trump s home.


Local election officials detail how election misinformation is fueling threats; Media outlets ask a court to unseal the search warrant of Donald Trump's home; and the CDC changes its approach to COVID-19.


Infrastructure funding is on its way, ranchers anticipate money from the Inflation Reduction Act, and rural America is becoming more diverse, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the leadership.

Groups Stand Up for Colorado Health Insurance Marketplace


Tuesday, January 31, 2017   

DENVER – Groups are gathering on the steps of the state Capitol today to protest efforts by some lawmakers to repeal Connect for Health Colorado, the state's health-insurance marketplace.

Adam Fox, the director of strategic engagement of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative says the move would limit Coloradans' access to health coverage, noting the marketplace helped more than 200,000 Coloradans sign up for private health insurance in 2016 and is seeing record numbers of people enrolling this year.

"And if that goes away, Colorado will lose control of this enrollment system and many of the supports that had been created and customized for Coloradans," he said.

Connect for Health Colorado created a statewide network to help people navigate enrollment in person and helps consumers track which policies cover a particular doctor or prescription drug. Critics of the marketplace claim the costs are unsustainable, but Fox argues Colorado would have to spend millions transitioning to the federal system.

Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Senators Jim Smallwood and Patrick Neville, both from Douglas County, would give the marketplace a year to wind down business and turn over any remaining money to the state treasurer. Fox says closing the exchange would take control of the insurance market away from the state, leaving Coloradans subject to the whims of Congress as they debate how to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"If we were to repeal Colorado's marketplace, it really leaves Coloradans no resource for transparent shopping and comparison of health insurance," he added.

He says bipartisan stakeholders recommended creating a state insurance marketplace long before Obamacare was passed. The Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange bill was set to be considered today by the Senate's Finance Committee, but is likely to be rescheduled for next week.

get more stories like this via email

Since the 2020 election, at least 19 states have passed 34 laws restrict­ing access to voting, according to the Brennan Center For Justice. (Orlowiski Designs/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Voting-rights advocates are suing the state of Arizona over new regulations they say make it harder for some people to register and would block thousa…

Social Issues

New Hampshire ranks second in the country on measures of child well-being, according to the new 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey …

Social Issues

Massachusetts ranks first in the nation for children's well-being, according to the 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation…

While there are continued disparities, an annual report says Minnesota has seen progress in elevating kids out of poverty, with 12% of children falling into that category. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Minnesota once again gets a high ranking among states for child well-being, but an annual report says the state's disparities remain a challenge…

Social Issues

Some measurements of children's well-being show warning signs in Iowa in the area of education. The numbers contrast with Iowa's overall ranking in a …

Pictured in the center is Francine "Fran" Pace, one of 11 graduates of this summer's Youth Leadership Academy for Iowans with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of DD Council).

Health and Wellness

Nearly a dozen Iowa youths with disabilities are taking newly developed leadership skills out into the world. A summer academy wrapped up this month…


A coalition of community organizations teamed up in Oregon to force a chronic polluter out of business, and bring environmental justice to a nearby …

Health and Wellness

During National Health Center Week, health-care advocates are highlighting the work Community Health Centers are doing to improve access to care …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021