New Law Will Streamline Access to Health Coverage for Colorado Kids

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 29, 2013

Today, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law a policy that will make it easier for families to access health coverage for their kids and improve efficiency in the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Senate Bill 13-008, sponsored by Senator Linda Newell and Representative Beth McCann, eliminates the antiquated three-month waiting period for families moving their children from employer-sponsored insurance to the CHP+. It passed the House and Senate with bi-partisan support.

“Kids should be able to get the care they need, when they need it, to grow up healthy and strong,” said Cody Belzley, Vice President of Health Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign and member of All Kids Covered. “This is an important step toward that shared goal of making coverage more accessible for families and public insurance programs more efficient for taxpayers.”

Over the last six years, All Kids Covered has worked with Republicans and Democrats, health insurers, providers and consumers to develop and support common sense policies that improve the efficiency and quality of our health care system. These achievements are good for taxpayers, good for the state and, most importantly, good for kids. Thanks to Senator Newell, Representative McCann and Governor Hickenlooper for their leadership on kids health coverage.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.