Still time to register for Where the Change Happens: State and Federal Budgets

 

speakuptraningThe programs and infrastructure funded through state and federal budget processes can support our children and families to succeed, or leave us without the resources we need to get by. Learn how the process works and how you can speak up effectively for Colorado kids and families at our Aug. 31 training with Speak Up for Kids partner Clayton Early Learning and featuring Colorado Fiscal Institute and Early Childhood Colorado Partnership staff. State and federal spending decisions demonstrate what we value as a society and community. Together we can ensure that programs supporting children and families get the investments they need.

 

  • Thursday, Aug. 31, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Complimentary dinner and child care provided
  • Generously supported by the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership!
  • Register today at ly/wherechangehappens
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Threats to Affordable Care Act continue

The federal Affordable Care Act has survived a legislative attack, but threats live on as proposals to curb federal payments designed to keep premiums low continue.

Currently, the Affordable Care Act includes several provisions that reduce the cost of insurance for people purchasing health insurance on the individual market. In addition to providing premium tax credits that make monthly premiums more affordable, the law includes cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments designed to reduce out-of-pocket costs for lower income consumers. Individuals or families earning less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level qualify for CSRs if they purchase at a silver-level health plan or above through an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Every month, issuers receive CSR payments to cover these costs. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 7 million people (a majority of all Marketplace enrollees) have qualified for CSRs in 2017, and the expected payout to insurers — if these payments continue—the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the cost of these payments at $7 billion in fiscal year 2017, rising to $10 billion in 2018 and $16 billion by 2027.

The next payment to insurers is due Aug. 21, which the government agreed to pay for now. The Trump Administration each month has debated whether to continue to issue CRSs payments for that month. Failing to make these payments would dramatically raise premiums in the individual market.

A CBO report released this week shows that elimination of CSR payments would have a significant impact on the stability of the individual market. If the Administration ends payments immediately, insurers will not receive the payments they were expecting to supplement the coverage they have already provided in 2017. Without an ability to adjust rates this year, insurers are expected to hike rates next year to account for the loss of CSR funding for the remaining months of 2017 and in 2018. The CBO projects that if CSR payments are not made next year, premiums in the individual market would increase by 20 percent in 2018 and 25 percent by 2020. Because the increase in premiums would be accompanied by an increase in federal government expenditures for premium tax credits, failing to pay CSRs would increase the federal deficit by $6 billion in 2018, and by a total of $194 billion over the next 10 years.

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Did you catch the #SaludTues tweetchat on early childhood development?

twitterDuring this week’s #SaludTues tweetchat to elevate early childhood development, child advocates including the Children’s Campaign, SaludToday, Child Trends, 1,000 Days, and Nacer Sano posted more than 1,000 tweets in one hour about the importance of the early years.

The tweetchat included a discussion of social determinants that impact the development of young children, with a focus on Latino children, and links to resources in English and Spanish for parents, caregivers and advocates who want to ensure a strong start for the children in their lives.

If you missed the live #SaludTues tweetchat, you can view the all of the tweets and resources on Storify. Follow the #SaludTues hashtag on Twitter every Tuesday at 11 a.m. MST to talk with SaludToday and other advocates working to improve Latino health.

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Fast Fact- August 18, 2017

In 2015, nearly one in four Colorado children (23 percent of all kids in the state) lived in an immigrant family. Immigrant families are defined as families in which at least one parent was born outside of the United States. Data show that Colorado’s kids in immigrant families are more likely than children in U.S.-born families to live with two parents; 80 percent of children in immigrant families lived in married-couple families, compared to 70 percent of kids in U.S.-born families. For more data about Colorado kids living in immigrant families, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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Make Your Voice Heard on Health Care at the Governor’s Town Hall

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Governor Hickenlooper and Lieutenant Governor Lynne are holding a town hall on health care, and you are invited to add your voice to the bipartisan effort to help improve our state’s health care system.

Date and Time: August 16th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012

Click here for more details on the event.

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Join us on 8/15 for a #SaludTues tweetchat on early childhood development!

We’ll be cohosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday, August 15, at 11:00 a.m. about early childhood development and Latino children together with Salud America, Nacer Sano Baby, 1,000 Days and Child Trends. Early care providers and early childhood development programs have the power to connect families to services and resources to improve school readiness and promote healthy development and well-being. During the Twitter chat we’d love to hear your experiences and stories as we explore:

  • Why the early years are so important.
  • The barriers Latino families face in receiving the care and services they need.
  • How we can elevate the conversation around early childhood development.

Use and search for #SaludTues  on Twitter on August 15 at 11 a.m. to follow the conversation and share strategies, stories and resources to ensure that Latino kids—and all kids—get off to a healthy early start.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Elevate Early Childhood Development”
  • TIME/DATE: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludAmerica
  • CO-HOSTS: Child Trends (@ChildTrends); Nacersano baby (@nacersanobaby); 1,000 Days (@1000Days); and Children’s Campaign (@ColoradoKidsOrg)
  • OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #ececo #earlyed #elevatingequity #SpeakUpCO #2gen

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludAmerica, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health, San Antonio. A tweetchat is a live Twitter event or conversation, usually moderated by cohosts and focused around a general topic. They can be great ways to share information with partners and advocates and to boost the visibility of your organization.

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Sundari Kraft Honored with the 2017 Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award

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Last week, the Colorado Health Foundation honored Sundari Kraft with the 2017 Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award at the Colorado Health Symposium. This annual award program recognizes Coloradans who are finding innovative and effective strategies to overcome barriers to community health across the state.

A grassroots organizer and activist, Sundari is mobilizing fellow Coloradans to engage in informed conversations with policymakers about health. As the founder of Sustainable Food Denver and the co-chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, Kraft successfully led a grassroots movement to pass local policies that make healthy food more accessible and affordable. She has also played a critical role in efforts around childhood vaccination in Colorado. Click through to the press release and read more about Sundari.

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Fast Fact- August 10, 2017

In 2015, Colorado’s median family income among households with children was $76,600. Since 2010, Colorado’s median family income for households with kids has risen every year, increasing by nearly $13,000 during that time. To find out how Colorado compares to other states, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

 

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Reflection on the Colorado Health Symposium 2017

This week, four lucky staffers attended the Colorado Health Symposium in Keystone, Colorado. The theme of the Symposium, “Let’s Talk About…Inequality,” highlighted many of the issues the Campaign has been learning about as we work to integrate a racial equity focus in our work. Speakers emphasized the need for health policy work to be informed by those most impacted by inequities and why a racial equity focus is necessary given the history of our country. The Symposium ended with a powerful performance of “A Right to Care” by Sarah Jones.

Video recordings of the Colorado Health Symposium are available on The Colorado Health Foundation’s YouTube channel and tweets from the event can be found using #17CHS.

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Parent Workshop: Creating Healthy Schools

Action for Healthy Kids, LiveWell Colorado, Colorado PTA and Wellness Training Specialists are excited to announce a parent workshop are hosting together in three different locations in southwest Colorado in September: “Creating Healthy Schools: What Parents Need to Know | How to Help Students Eat Better and Move More.” All interested parents and caregivers are invited to attend the workshop at no cost. A complimentary networking luncheon is included. Interpretation into Spanish will be available.

Dates and locations – all workshops are 9:00 am-3:00 pm:

September 19, 2017 – Ridgway – Ouray County Fairgrounds 4H Event Center

September 20, 2017 – Durango – Durango Public Library

September 21, 2017 – Cortez – Cortez Recreation Center

You can register at: ActionforHealthyKids.org/SW-Colorado-Workshops

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