We work at the state Capitol and with state agencies administering Medicaid and other important public health programs, to ensure Colorado’s public policies help Coloradans achieve their best health. Together with our Policy Committee, we have a finger on the pulse of Colorado legislation that both directly and indirectly affects health.
Each year, we identify key priorities for our legislative work that will move Colorado closer to health equity. To that end, we evaluate each bill’s potential health equity impacts, especially in assessing data related to race, income, and ZIP code, to ensure that we are supporting policies that benefit the Coloradans and communities that face the greatest health inequities.
Although nearly every bill we supported this session passed, and some important progress was made toward health equity, there were some big disappointments, too. While great gains were made in housing, education, behavioral health, and other areas, Colorado missed key opportunities to advance immigrant health and paid leave by dramatically weakening bills through amendments. We’ve already got big plans for next year’s session!2019 Session Summary