Governor signs several Children’s Campaign priority bills to improve child and family health
On July 6, the governor signed several of our priority child and family health bills that will remove barriers and help more Colorado families thrive. This momentous occasion comes after months of dedicated work and advocacy efforts. Thank you – our network members – for all that you did to help get these bills to this point. Thank you for sharing your stories, experiences, and research; suggesting policy improvements and bill edits; testifying in writing or live during committee; and reaching out to your legislators.
Our priority now is to continue building upon these policies in the future, while also making sure they are successfully implemented to remove barriers for the most Colorado families. Especially as the current public health crisis continues, it is critical that we work to dismantle the harmful legislation that has created barriers to access for far too long. We will continue to update you as implementation work gets under way. See below for opportunities to make your voice heard.
The bills signed by Gov. Jared Polis included the following:
- Reproductive Health Care Program (SB21-009): This bill will expand Medicaid to provide contraceptives to undocumented communities in Colorado, and ensure access to a 12-month supply of contraceptives for everyone on Medicaid. By removing geographic barriers to care, it will also expand access to family planning services beyond what is available through Title X clinics.
- Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage (SB21-016): This bill will expand access to certain preventive health care services, including a wider variety of family planning services and contraceptives than are currently required to be offered without cost sharing.
- Family Planning Service for Eligible Individuals (SB21-025): This bill will increase the number of Coloradans who qualify for Medicaid covered family planning services by increasing the income eligibility limits for these services.
- Emergency Supplies for Colorado Babies and Families (SB21-027): This bill will provide funding to nonprofit organizations across the state, including diaper banks and family resource centers, to allow these organizations to distribute diapers to families in their communities
- Protection of Pregnant People in Perinatal Period (SB21-193): This bill will address multiple issues in statute to increase autonomy for birthing and pregnant people and ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. Sign up to engage in implementation with Elephant Circle here.
- Maternal Health Providers (SB21-194): This bill will update several provisions pertaining to maternal health in Colorado, including a requirement that the state take up a federal Medicaid option that will extend postpartum coverage through Medicaid for one year postpartum. Sign up to engage in implementation with Elephant Circle here.