How does Medicaid affect all of us?

Congress finally seems ready to take action on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after funding lapsed Sept. 30. How much do you know about how CHIP and Medicaid impact our lives? Along with the companion Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program, Medicaid in Colorado provides health insurance to nearly 1.3 million residents. According to Kaiser Family Foundation, nationwide, Medicaid provides critical health coverage to 74 million Americans, or more than 1 in 5 Americans, making it the largest health insurance program.

Medicaid impacts kids and families in many ways. For example, Medicaid is the single-largest payer for mental health services in the U.S. and increasingly picks up the bill for substance abuse treatment. Medicaid also protects families from having to sell a home or declare bankruptcy to pay for the care of a disabled child. It responds to cover disaster relief, public health emergencies and programs in schools that lack other sources of funding. Learn more about how Medicaid impacts many aspects of kids and families.

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Advocate Spotlight: Why affordable quality child care matters

guestI feel very passionate about affordable quality child care for all in the workforce. Quality child care grants families peace of mind. The ability to know that your child is in a safe, clean, and structured environment is extremely important. However, working families often face barriers in accessing quality early childhood facilities that provide both ongoing professional development for staff and school readiness for scholars.

Oftentimes single parents are put in a situation where they have to decide whether to stay home from work with their child and miss a day of work, or to send their child to a provider that has limited availability. It is unfortunate because parents and guardians should not have to choose between work and ensuring their child has access to quality child care. I think it’s important for businesses to think more deeply about how they can support their employees in accessing quality child care. When businesses invest in children and their families, it creates an opportunity for everyone to thrive.

Princess Mack served as a panelist for the Child Care and Business Roundtable hosted by the National Women’s Law Center and PepsiCo last week.

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Save the date! Step Up for Kids Forum: Federal policy considerations and their potential impacts on Colorado kids

Join the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Colorado Fiscal Institute, and Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in partnership with Every Child Matters for a public forum on federal issues that impact kids in Colorado. What will happen since Congress allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire? Why are public school advocates worried about federal tax reform? How could potential changes in the federal budget impact the Colorado state budget and state policy? What can we all do to speak up effectively for Colorado kids and families? Join us to learn the answers to these questions and others.

What: Step Up for Kids Forum: Federal policy considerations and their potential impacts on Colorado kids

When: Monday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Old Supreme Court Chambers, second floor of the Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave.

Hosted by: Colorado Children’s Campaign, Colorado Fiscal Institute, and Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in partnership with Every Child Matters

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Fast Fact- October 06, 2017

In the 2016-2017 school year, 77 percent of all Colorado kindergartners were enrolled in a full-day program, up from 40 percent in 2007-2008. Although research shows that kindergartners in full-day programs make more academic progress and are better prepared for first grade than children in half-day programs, Colorado only funds a little more than a half day of kindergarten for all students. Districts that wish to offer full-day kindergarten must either find local funding or charge parents tuition, making full-day programs inaccessible to many Colorado kids. To find full-day kindergarten enrollment in your county or school district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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Funding for CHIP Expires Tomorrow. Tell Congress that it is not OK.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, funding ends for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has allowed 8.9 million kids nationally to access quality affordable health care. And with that end comes the end to access to quality, affordable health care. Click here to call your Senators and Representatives TODAY.

In Colorado, about 90,000 kids and pregnant women use CHIP and our state agency that oversees the program reports that thousands will begin losing their health care early next year. Click here to learn more about our work to protect CHIP and email Sarah Barnes at sarahb@coloradokids.org to join the Coalition. Pregnant women shouldn’t have to worry about whether their health insurance will end in the middle of their pregnancy. Parents of kids with cancer shouldn’t have to worry about whether they will be able to get their kid’s medicine next year. Call and tell your Senators and Representatives that you expect action now.

Suggested talking points:

  • We need Congress to get CHIP refunded NOW.
  • Pregnant women shouldn’t have to worry about whether their health insurance will end in the middle of their pregnancy.
  • Parents of kids with cancer shouldn’t have to worry about whether they will be able to get their kid’s medicine next year.
  • Extending funding for CHIP for five years will help ensure stable coverage for working families and greater budget certainty for states.
  • Maintaining funding for the CHIP program is crucial to protecting Colorado’s budget.
  • 90,000 children and pregnant women from working families in Colorado use CHIP for their health insurance every year.
  • Kids with health coverage are less likely to drop out of high school, more likely to graduate from college, and have higher incomes as adults.

Contact Information for Colorado’s U. S. Senators

Senator Michael Bennet

Local office (303) 455-7600 National office (202) 224-5852

Senator Cory Gardner

Local office (303) 391-5777 National office (202) 224-5941

Contact Information for Colorado’s U.S. Representatives

Representative Coffman

Call if you live in Aurora, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Brighton

Local office (720) 748-7514 National office (202) 225-7882

Representative Tipton

Call if you live in Grand Junction, Durango, Pueblo, Gunnison

Local office (970) 259-1490 National office (202) 225-4761

Representative Buck

Call if you live in Greeley, Fort Collins, Longmont, Brush, Burlington, Fort Morgan, Stratton, Julesburg, Holyoke

Local office (970) 702-2136 National office (202) 225-4676

Representative Lamborn

Call if you live in Salida, Buena Vista, Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, Canyon City, Woodland Park

Local office (719) 520-0055 National office (202) 225-4422

Representative Polis

Call if you live in Lafayette, Niwot, Boulder, Fort Collins, Lyons, Loveland, Granby, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Kremmling

Local office (303) 484-9596 National office (202) 225-2161

Representative Perlmutter

Call if you live in Lakewood, Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn

Local office (303)274-7944 National office (202) 225-2645

Representative DeGette

Call if you live in Denver

Local (303) 844-4988 (202) 225-4431

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Speak Up for Kids Beyond Party Lines

People from all political parties play a role in supporting children and families to thrive in Colorado. Join us, Clayton Early Learning and Children’s Hospital Colorado at our October 23rd Speak Up for Kids training to learn more about early childhood development and health priorities from legislators on both sides of the aisle. We will discuss recent and upcoming legislation impacting kids, and what you can do to speak up effectively. Lunch and child care provided! Register at bit.ly/beyondpartylines.

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IAK Leader Bev Thurber awarded the 2017 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award

Beverly Thurber, a long-time member of our It’s About Kids (IAK) network and a dedicated child advocate, was honored last week with the 2017 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award. Bev is Executive Director of the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County.

Under Bev’s leadership, the Early Childhood Council has been involved in several projects including the “Be Ready,” “KIDS” (Kids’ Initiative for Developmental Support), and “Leap” initiatives. Bev has been the catalyst and convener for multiple county-wide collaborative initiatives focused on protecting and improving the health of children from the prenatal period through early childhood. Under her inclusive leadership, the community has significantly strengthened the collaboration and partnership of agencies and projects focused on young children.

This award is given yearly in honor and remembrance of Dr. Jabaily, a Loveland neurologist who died tragically in a charity bicycle race in the summer of 2004. The award commemorates his many contributions to improving community health and his commitment to public service.

Our IAK Manager, Katie Creedon, said: “Bev is dedicated to improving the well-being of kids and families in her community. Her expertise has strengthened our network and provided important perspective around early childhood. We are grateful to work with her!”

Congratulations Bev!

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Fast Fact- September 29, 2017

In the 2016-2017 school year, 10.5 percent of Colorado students were receiving special education services in Colorado public schools. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of students receiving special education services increased by 17 percent, rising at more than twice the rate of total pupil enrollment over the same time period. To find the number of students receiving special education services in your school district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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This is it. Call now to save health care for kids and pregnant women

It all ends on Saturday.

On Sept. 30, funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has allowed 8.9 million kids nationally to access quality affordable health care, ends. And with that end comes the end to access to quality, affordable health care.

In Colorado, about 90,000 kids and pregnant women use CHIP and our state agency that oversees the program reports that thousands will begin losing their health care early next year. Pregnant women shouldn’t have to worry about whether their health insurance will end in the middle of their pregnancy. Parents of kids with cancer shouldn’t have to worry about whether they will be able to get their kid’s medicine next year. Call and tell your Senators and Representatives that you expect action now. There’s still time for Congress to do the right thing.

Suggested talking points:

  • We need Congress to get CHIP refunded by this Saturday.
  • Pregnant women shouldn’t have to worry about whether their health insurance will end in the middle of their pregnancy.
  • Parents of kids with cancer shouldn’t have to worry about whether they will be able to get their kid’s medicine next year.
  • Extending funding for CHIP for five years will help ensure stable coverage for working families and greater budget certainty for states.
  • Maintaining funding for the CHIP program is crucial to protecting Colorado’s budget.
  • 90,000 children and pregnant women from working families in Colorado use CHIP for their health insurance every year.
  • Kids with health coverage are less likely to drop out of high school, more likely to graduate from college, and have higher incomes as adults.

 

Contact Information for Colorado’s U. S. Senators

Senator Michael Bennet

Local office (303) 455-7600 National office (202) 224-5852

Senator Cory Gardner

Local office (303) 391-5777 National office (202) 224-5941

Contact Information for Colorado’s U.S. Representatives

Representative Coffman

Call if you live in Aurora, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Brighton

Local office (720) 748-7514 National office (202) 225-7882

Representative Tipton

Call if you live in Grand Junction, Durango, Pueblo, Gunnison

Local office (970) 259-1490 National office (202) 225-4761

Representative Buck

Call if you live in Greeley, Fort Collins, Longmont, Brush, Burlington, Fort Morgan, Stratton, Julesburg, Holyoke

Local office (970) 702-2136 National office (202) 225-4676

Representative Lamborn

Call if you live in Salida, Buena Vista, Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, Canyon City, Woodland Park

Local office (719) 520-0055 National office (202) 225-4422

Representative Polis

Call if you live in Lafayette, Niwot, Boulder, Fort Collins, Lyons, Loveland, Granby, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Kremmling

Local office (303) 484-9596 National office (202) 225-2161

Representative Perlmutter

Call if you live in Lakewood, Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn

Local office (303)274-7944 National office (202) 225-2645

Representative DeGette

Call if you live in Denver

Local (303) 844-4988 (202) 225-4431

 

 

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Call Congress and tell them to save kids’ health care!

chipAs Congress continues its long debate on the Affordable Care Act, there is one thing they could and should do right now to ensure health coverage for kids and pregnant women. We’ve heard a lot about a bipartisan bill to save the popular and successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has allowed 8.9 million kids nationally to access quality affordable health care. We have even seen draft legislation. But words on paper don’t fund a program. Action by lawmakers funds programs. And we need that action by Sept. 30 to avoid catastrophic coverage losses.

In Colorado, about 90,000 kids and pregnant women use CHIP to access quality, affordable health care. I urge you to take a few minutes and call your U.S. Senators and Representatives to register your stand for kids and pregnant women. Tell them to stop wasting time on partisan efforts to repeal health insurance coverage for millions of Americans and to instead focus on the bipartisan Senate plan to extend CHIP. Your call can make a difference today.

Additional talking points for you to use when contacting your Senators and Representatives:

  • Congress should stop wasting efforts on partisan efforts to repeal health insurance for millions of Americans like the proposal from Senators Cassidy and Graham and instead focus on the bipartisan Senate plan to extend CHIP.
  • Cassidy-Graham is derailing efforts to secure the future of the CHIP program, which is critical for Colorado kids.
  • We need Congress to cross the finish line by Sept. 30.
  • Extending funding for CHIP for five years will help ensure stable coverage for working families and greater budget certainty for states.
  • Maintaining funding for the CHIP program is crucial to protecting Colorado’s budget.
  • 90,000 children and pregnant women from working families in Colorado use CHIP for their health insurance every year.
  • Children with chronic conditions deserve certainty in their medical coverage. And pregnant women should not be forced to scramble for a new doctor mid-pregnancy. Ending a successful program, with little warning, denies children the healthy start they need.
  • Kids with health coverage are less likely to drop out of high school, more likely to graduate from college, and have higher incomes as adults.

Contact Information for Colorado’s U. S. Senators

Senator Michael Bennett

Local office (303) 455-7600 National office (202) 224-5852

Senator Cory Gardner

Local office (303) 391-5777 National office (202) 224-5941

 

Contact Information for Colorado’s U.S. Representatives

Representative Coffman

Call if you live in Aurora, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Brighton

Local office (720) 748-7514 National office (202) 225-7882

Representative Tipton

Call if you live in Grand Junction, Durango, Pueblo, Gunnison

Local office (970) 259-1490 National office (202) 225-4761

Representative Buck

Call if you live in Greeley, Fort Collins, Longmont, Brush, Burlington, Fort Morgan, Stratton, Julesburg, Holyoke

Local office (970) 702-2136 National office (202) 225-4676

Representative Lamborn

Call if you live in Salida, Buena Vista, Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, Canyon City, Woodland Park

Local office (719) 520-0055 National office (202) 225-4422

Representative Polis

Call if you live in Lafayette, Niwot, Boulder, Fort Collins, Lyons, Loveland, Granby, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Kremmling

Local office (303) 484-9596 National office (202) 225-2161

Representative Perlmutter

Call if you live in Lakewood, Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn

Local office (303)274-7944 National office (202) 225-2645

Representative DeGette

Call if you live in Denver

Local (303) 844-4988 (202) 225-4431

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