This morning after an only hours-long government shut-down, Congress passed a long-term budget package that was signed into law by President Trump. The package keeps the government running for six weeks to allow lawmakers time to write a final federal budget for this year and provides longer term fiscal certainty through September 2019. The law includes funding for a number of programs that are critical for kids and families, including CHIP, home visiting, and child care. It also includes some concerning provisions, such as cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund and changes to third-party liability policy in Medicaid that could reduce access to care for pregnant women. And it is silent on a solution for the future of young people living, working, and parenting in our communities through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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Capitol Update Highlights: FAMLI, child care contribution tax credit, and free-standing emergency departments
Each week during sessions of the Colorado General Assembly, we bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health, and education of Colorado kids.
Capitol Update: New bills focus on rural teachers, child care quality, and preschool access for kids with the most barriers
This week we hosted a breakfast briefing with legislators and staff exploring 10 trends in child well-being in 2018. The data walk will be on display in the Rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol through Jan. 30, so please stop by and learn the latest trends in child well-being.
Each week we bring you the most current analysis of the legislation affecting Colorado kids and families as the Colorado General Assembly is in session. Here are a few highlights from this week. Looking for more? See our online Capitol Updates center for analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed.
The Colorado General Assembly convened this week with leaders in the House and Senate laying out their hopes for the 2018 legislative session. The Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate acknowledged several wins for Coloradans from the previous session, including saving hospitals from more than $500 million in budget cuts and securing equitable funding for charter schools.
The Colorado Children’s Campaign serves as the leading voice for kids at the state Capitol and in communities across the state. In our 33-year history we’ve worked with policymakers from every corner of the state and every political perspective to improve the well-being of Colorado kids. Children’s issues aren’t partisan, and we’ve learned that we can develop innovative solutions to improve the lives of children and families when we work together.
Final votes on the federal tax bill are expected early next week. This week, Republicans announced they had reached a compromise between the Senate and House tax bills that went to conference committee.
In October, the Colorado Children’s Campaign joined several other Colorado organizations in signing on to a letter to support the passage of a clean Dream Act.
We know that food insecurity, a condition where individuals or families lack access to sufficient food because of limited resources, is a real and pressing issue for hundreds of thousands of Colorado families.
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 […]