Immigrants are an important part of Colorado’s culture, economy, and future.
When we say we want a health care system that works for all Coloradans, we mean one that works for immigrants, too. However, many immigrants are prevented from accessing health care or purchasing health insurance due to laws and policies that unfairly target them.
We bring together immigrant rights, health advocacy, and direct service organizations to respond to short-term challenges to immigrants’ health and the long-term vision of a health care system that works for all immigrants, regardless of immigration or documentation status. We’re building power in immigrant communities to hold the health care system accountable.
Cover All Coloradans
For decades, Colorado has been working to expand access to excellent prenatal and pregnancy-related care and get every Colorado child covered. Unfortunately, thousands of pregnant people and children with undocumented immigration status in low-income families have been left out. Immigrant children already face some of the biggest hurdles to healthy childhoods because a minority of anti-immigrant politicians have erected laws and policies that discriminate against them.
Cover All Coloradans, or HB22-1289–advanced by Center for Health Progress and six other organizations–will improve and expand health coverage options available to children and pregnant people, regardless of immigration status, while leveraging the use of federal dollars the state is currently leaving on the table.
We’re excited to announce that HB22-1289, Cover All Coloradans, passed with bipartisan support!
The passage of Cover All Coloradans is a win for families, our communities, and our state’s economic future.
Coalition for Immigrant Health
Since May 2016, we have been convening a group of smart, dedicated community organizers, advocates, service providers, and researchers to explore policy and other solutions to improving immigrant health coverage and access in Colorado. Together, we’ve worked on several campaigns, including Cover All Coloradans, iDrive Colorado, and fighting misinformation around Public Charge.
Interested in joining the Coalition? Contact Rayna Hetlage.
If you want to learn more, or if you work directly with immigrant populations or you are an immigrant who would like to get involved in this work, please contact our co-Executive Director, Theresa Trujillo.