The West Steps: How will we Cover all Coloradans? Part 2
House Bill 22-1289: Cover All Coloradans is a monumental bill that will provide comprehensive public health insurance coverage to children, pregnant, and postpartum undocumented Coloradans. However, there is much more to this bill than what meets the eye. Behind this critical piece of legislation have been hours of dedicated engagement from a steering committee consisting of 11 directly-impacted community members. Their experiences, stories, and insight have helped shape this bill and provide the perspective essential to ensuring it remains effective and equitable. By uplifting and centering community voice in policy work, we can more holistically embed human-centered legislation in systems that for far too long have intentionally shut out so many communities in our state.
Welcome back to season 4 of The West Steps! On today’s episode, we have a full house discussing the Cover All Coloradans bill. We are joined by Erin Miller, Vice President for Health Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign; Rayna Hetlage, Senior Policy Manager at Center for Health Progress; Raquel Lane- Arellano, Policy Manager at Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition; and Dr. Lilia Cervantes, Associate Professor at CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Our discussion highlights the progress HB22-1289 has made throughout the legislative session, including the amendments that have been added to make it an even better bill. We hear how these policy changes will help prevent physician burn-out, the community-informed process behind this legislation, and how we can work to ensure such processes are more embedded in our policy advocacy work. To learn more about HB22-1289 and its journey through the legislature, click here.