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Governor Polis joins Secretary Fudge, Chairwoman Waters, mayors to announce American Rescue Plan relief for homelessness

| Apr 23, 2021 | Colorado

Today, Governor Jared Polis joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will deliver immediate and long-term relief to Coloradans experiencing homelessness. Governor Polis was also joined by House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Los Angeles Mayor...[ Read More ]

HCPF CFO urges hospital price reduction as best solution to high premiums

| Apr 23, 2021 | Colorado

While both the cost of operating hospitals and the profits they bring in have decreased or remained the same since 2018, the prices of their services have increased substantially, according to John Bartholomew, chief financial officer for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).  Accordingly, price control...[ Read More ]

Gov. Polis signs bill to transform behavioral health system

| Apr 22, 2021 | Colorado

Governor Jared Polis signed a bill establishing a new state Behavioral Health Administration, transforming how Colorado will deliver mental health and substance use services to all Coloradans as the state contends with a behavioral health crisis amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the bill signing. HB 21-1097 directs the Colorado...[ Read More ]

Colorado committee approves bill to allocate $9 million to youth mental health

| Apr 21, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado House Public and Behavioral Health Committee today voted to advance Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bill to allocate $9 million from federal stimulus funds to support the mental health needs of Colorado youth. The “Rapid Mental Health Response for Colorado Youth” bill would create a temporary youth mental health...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Rep. Mary Young, Public option, A fourth wave

| Apr 14, 2021 | Colorado

Thanks very much for reading our stuff, and for supporting our work at State of Reform. This newsletter is free because of the engagement of sponsors and attendees at our annual policy conference. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this year we can convene in person. But, if we can't,...[ Read More ]

Colorado calls on federal government to support its health policy initiatives

| Apr 13, 2021 | Colorado

Colorado leaders are counting on the federal government to pave the way for the state’s bold policy initiatives. In an in-depth conversation at the 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference, Kim Bimestefer, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), and Michael...[ Read More ]

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