We’re advocating for Coloradans at the Capitol.
Every legislative session is busy. In 2017, health and health care had a large presence, and we asserted our influence and monitored many bills to ensure that we make the best decisions for Coloradans’ health. Read more about the 2017 Colorado state legislative session here.
There are six positions we might take on a bill:
2018 Legislative Session
SB18-214: Medicaid Work Requirement
- Summary: This bill would require able-bodied adults to become employed, actively seek employment, attend job and vocational training, or volunteer at a nonprofit organization to be eligible for Medicaid. It would also require able-bodied adults to verify their monthly income and would establish a lifetime limit of five years for Medicaid benefits. In doing so, this bill would restrict coverage and access to care for Colorado’s most vulnerable population and would place an unnecessary administrative burden on Medicaid administrators.
- Position: Active Oppose
- Status: Died in Committee
- Summary: This bill would correct drafting oversights from another law, in order to streamline the process for immigrants without documentation in Colorado to obtain drivers licenses, as well as ensure renewals for people who have received licenses since 2013. In doing so, the bill promotes more drivers having timely access to licenses, improving regular access to health care and other social determinants of health.
- Position: Active Support
- Status: Passed Senate
Center for Health Progress is actively engaged in the I Drive Campaign, contributing with organizing health organizations to support the bill, and we have written a white paper about why providing drivers’ licenses to immigrants is a public health and health care issue. For more information, please contact our Director of Health Systems Change, Aubrey Hill.
For more information, please contact our Public Policy Manager, Chris Lyttle.