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Sarah Barnes

About Sarah Barnes

Sarah serves as the Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign in September 2014, Sarah taught middle school English and worked as an Interventionist at Pioneer Charter School in Denver. She was a 2011 Teach For America corps member. Prior to teaching, Sarah worked as an attorney in Denver in the areas of venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and business law, and commercial transactions. Sarah earned a BA in English from Midland University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Congress Fails to Act to Extend CHIP Funding

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) in Colorado, expired on Sept. 30 because Congress failed to renew it before the deadline. In Colorado, this puts in jeopardy access to quality, …

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Gov. Hickenlooper and Gov. Kasich Release Bipartisan Blueprint for Health Care

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio released a bipartisan blueprint for health care this week. The plan is supported by a bipartisan group of eight governors. The plan outlines a number of recommendations to improve affordability and …

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Federal health bill delayed—but keep up the pressure

This week, the U.S. Senate delayed the vote on their health reform bill until sometime after the weeklong July Fourth recess. It’s clear that constituent calls and letters are having an impact. However, despite this delay, the Senate proposal could still pass, as …

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The President’s budget proposal threatens the well-being of Colorado’s children

President Trump released his blueprint for the federal budget this week, and it holds bad news for kids. The President’s budget proposal marks the first step in a long federal budget process in Congress. His proposal, if enacted, would have …

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Grave impact of federal health care policy decisions on children comes into focus

Following the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, the U.S. Senate is now in the process of bringing its version of a proposal to a vote in the Senate. …

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Time running out for federal CHIP funding

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP, known as Child Health Plan Plus or CHP+ in Colorado), will expire in September unless Congress takes action. During this time of uncertainty for children’s health coverage due to recent proposals in …

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Fewer Families Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

A report from the National Center for Health Statistics released this week found that fewer families with children have had problems paying medical bills in the last five years. The percentage of children in families who have problems paying medical …

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Equity in Early Childhood Committee Looks Toward Future

Stakeholders met for a final time this week to discuss policy alternatives brainstormed at meetings held since July on the topic of early childhood discipline. Attendees provided feedback on a variety of potential policy solutions to address discipline of young …

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Help Inform Phase II of the Accountable Care Collaborative

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has released a draft request for proposals (RFP) for Phase II of the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) and is seeking stakeholder comment. The ACC is the primary delivery system for Health …

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Early Childhood Discipline Focus

Advocates and educators continue to dig into the issue of early childhood discipline as a months-long effort to gather information and build awareness draws to a close. In September, stakeholders met for an evening meeting at Hope Center to hear …

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