Legislators and Partners Join for Lunch & Learn on Child Health

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: February 8, 2013

Legislators and Partners Join for Lunch & Learn on Child Health
Colorado legislators and other partners who attended this week’s Child Health Lunch & Learn explored the history of child health insurance coverage and the opportunities they have this session to ensure all Colorado kids have access to health services they need to grow up strong. The event was co-hosted by the All Kids Covered coalition and the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

Colorado has made great strides in getting kids covered, but some 114,000 kids, or about 9 percent of all Colorado children, remain uninsured. A bill introduced this year, Senate Bill 13-008, would streamline the enrollment process by eliminating the three-month waiting period to enroll in Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) for children who are currently covered through an employer-supported plan. The proposed change removes red tape for families and makes coverage more accessible. It also allows Colorado to better align with the national requirement that everyone have health insurance.

 

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.