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1/22/18

 

December 2017

Letter presented to members of Congress, expressing our serious concerns with legislation being considered in Congress that would make significant changes to the tax code that could result in increased federal deficits and reduced resources to fund vital services, including public health services. 92 organizations dedicated to improving the public’s health signed on to the letter.

 

October 2017

Letter   asking for help responding to a problem affecting the health and well-being of Colorado’s immigrant communities.

Widespread reports indicate that immigrants are afraid to apply for or are asking to be removed from critical programs for which they or their family members are eligible. Immigrant families are concerned that personal information provided to public benefit agencies could be used to enforce federal immigration laws. This fear deprives immigrants and U.S. citizen children of vital health, nutrition, income support, and childcare benefits.

 

September 2017

Letter urging a “No” vote on Graham-Cassidy - Save Medicaid in the Schools Coalition

This week, The Consortium has signed on in support of a letter to Congressional leaders; Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer, joining together with other national, state, and local organizations as members of the Save Medicaid in the Schools Coalition. Specifically, Graham-Cassidy reneges on Medicaid’s 50+ year commitment to provide America’s children with access to vital healthcare services that ensure they have adequate educational opportunities and can contribute to society by imposing a per-capita cap and shifting current and future costs to taxpayers in every state and Congressional district. While children currently comprise almost half of all Medicaid beneficiaries, less than one in five dollars is spent by Medicaid on children. Accordingly, a per-capita cap, even one that is based on different groups of beneficiaries, will disproportionately harm children’s access to care, including services received at school.

 

CHIP Coalition

A coalition sign on letter that was delivered to the Colorado Congressional delegation, urging their attention to and support of CHIP funding. In this morning’s Senate Finance Committee hearing, Senator Bennet referenced the letter and asked that it be entered into the record. More than 75 individuals and organizations signed on to the letter.

Read the Letter

 

 

March 2017

Letter urging “No” vote on The American Health Care Act - Save Medicaid in the Schools Coalition


The Consortium has signed on in support of a letter to Congressman Greg Walden and Congressman Frank Pallone (House Energy and Commerce Committee); joining together with other national, state, and local organizations as members of the Save Medicaid in the Schools Coalition. A per capita cap system will undermine states’ ability to provide America’s neediest children access to vital health care that ensures they have adequate educational opportunities and can contribute to society. Medicaid is a cost-effective and efficient funder of essential health care services for children. In fact, while children comprise almost half of Medicaid beneficiaries, less than one in five dollars spent by Medicaid is consumed by children. Accordingly, a per capita cap, even one that is based on different groups of beneficiaries, will disproportionately harm children’s access to care, including services received at school. Considering these unintended consequences, we urge a ‘no” vote on The American Health Care Act.

Read the full letter here.

 

February 2017

Letter in support of the Hygiene Assistance for Infants and Toddlers Act of 2017

The Consortium has signed on in support of a letter to Congressman Ellison and Congresswoman DeLauro; joining together with other national, state, and local organizations in support of families that have a hard time covering the cost of basic needs, including diapers for their young children. Nearly half of infants and toddlers in the U.S. are living in low-income families. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in 2014 the poorest 20 percent of families spend 14 percent of their income on diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network estimates that overall, 1 in 3 families struggle with diaper need. Read the full letter here.

 

The Future of Medicaid

Letter to Governor Hickenlooper: Response to Senators’ Letter of January 19, 2017

The Consortium has signed on in support of a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper on February 10, 2017; joining together with other organizations in an effort to address future of Medicaid and Medicaid in the schools.

“Medicaid brings economic benefits to Colorado by holding down costs and countering the upward  trend in commercial healthcare costs, by bringing federal dollars to underserved  rural and urban  communities, and by bringing well-paying jobs in the medical, health technology and information technology sectors, all of which are vital to Colorado's economic health.”  Read the full letter here.

 

January 2017

The Consortium has signed on in support of letters to Members of the Subcommittee on Health and The House Energy and Commerce Committee; joining together with other organizations in an effort to address future of Medicaid.

"We are deeply concerned that critical services and professionals in school will be reduced or eliminated if proposals to refinance Medicaid are advanced. A per capita cap or attempt to shift Medicaid costs to states will undermine the entitlement of America’s neediest children to access vital healthcare that ensures they have adequate educational opportunities and contribute to society. Given that children comprise less than 50% of Medicaid beneficiaries, but only about 19 percent of the costs for Medicaid, current proposals to cap or limit state funding are misguided and threaten to disproportionately harm children’s access to care."

Please review the letters for more information:

Medicaid Oversight: Existing Problems and Ways to Strengthen the Program - House Energy and Commerce Committee

Hearing on Strengthening Medicaid and Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable - Subcommittee on Health