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December Newsletter

What's Inside

Policy Updates
Outreach & Enrollment
Funding Opportunity
Upcoming Calls, Trainings & Events
What We're Reading 

This and previous updates are available on the CKF website, here.

Past Meeting

Click here to listen to a recording of the meeting, and here to review the meeting notes

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be January 18, 2019, from 9:00 to 10:30 at 600 Grant Street, Suite 800, Denver CO 80203

Policy Updates

DOI Statement on Judge’s ACA Ruling
The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) issued a statement in response to a federal district judge’s recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On Friday, Dec. 14, a federal district judge in Texas issued a ruling stating that the ACA is unconstitutional. This was a ruling in the case Texas v. the United States, where twenty state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the ACA, saying that since Congress ended the law’s mandate to have health insurance, the entire ACA is unconstitutional.
However, even with this ruling, the ACA is not going away. This decision will now be part of a long, drawn-out legal process, as it will be appealed and likely work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And the Trump administration is assuring the country that the ACA will remain in force during the appeals process.
Read the rest of the DOI news release here.
2019 HCPF Legislative Agenda Overview
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) released its legislative agenda overview for the 2019 state legislative session. Priorities include:
  • Extend the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program:
  • Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors
  • Increased Authority for the Oversight of Individual Residential Services and Supports (IRSS)
  • Expanded Access to the Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Cash Fund
See the summary from HCPF here.

Outreach and Enrollment

New Healthy Communities Program Toll-Free Number
The Healthy Communities Program serves children, young adults and pregnant women eligible for Health First Colorado or Colorado Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs at no cost to families. About 100 Family Health Coordinators throughout the state provide outreach, navigation and health education to newly eligible members and families wanting to apply for coverage. There is a new state-wide phone number for Healthy Communities. To find a local Family Health Coordinator serving a particular zip code, call 1-844-511-KIDS (5437). The call is free. Learn more about the Healthy Communities Program here.

Funding Opportunity

CMS Medicaid Enrollment and Retention  – Webinar Tomorrow at Noon
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a Connecting Kids to Coverage outreach and enrollment funding opportunity designed to increase enrollment and retention in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. There will be 35 cooperative agreement awards ranging in size from $500,000 to $1,500,000 over a three-year period.
CMS is holding an informational webinar tomorrow, December 19, 2018, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MT. (Dial-in Number: 1-877-271-1828 | Password: 79298811) Other important dates for the funding opportunity  are:
  • January 4, 2019 - Letter of Intent Due
  • January 28, 2019 - Applications Due
  • June 2019 - Anticipated Award Date
Colorado Health Foundation Opens Opportunities for Feb. 15 deadline
The Colorado Health Foundation posted the open funding opportunities available for their February 15 funding deadline. See the topics and open opportunities here.


Caring for Colorado Foundation Community Survey Closes Dec. 31
Caring for Colorado is working on their strategic direction to address the changing health needs across Colorado, and have developed a survey to learn about your community’s greatest health challenges.
They need your input in answering these questions:
  • What are the most pressing health needs across Colorado that they should prioritize funding?
  • What services, practices, and policies do they need to make Colorado the best place for children, youth, and families?
  • How can they work more effectively to promote health equity?
Take the survey before it closes on December 31, 2018.
Free Open Enrollment Materials
Connect for Health Colorado has an online store with free materials to support outreach and enrollment. Connect for Health Colorado covers costs including shipping. Users need to create an account and then can choose materials such as brochures, posters, and application checklists. Visit the store here.

Application Walk-Throughs and Other Resources from PEAK Outreach Available
The PEAK Outreach Team collaborated with Connect for Health Colorado to produce two, complete application walk-throughs for medical assistance: You may also find a number of presentations, user guides, e-learning modules, and outreach materials on the PEAK Outreach website.
Children’s Uninsured Rate in U.S. Rises for First Time in a Decade
The Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families found the children’s uninsured rate in 2017 increased from 4.7 percent to 5 percent. Colorado’s rate did not rise but stayed steady at 4.3 percent (approximately 57,000 kids). Read the report here.
KFF Analysis on Second Lowest Cost Silver Plans Now Available
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) provided an analysis of the rates for the lowest plans in three metal tiers. The analysis includes a breakdown of Colorado by rating area and even county-level data that illustrates the variations around the state.

SHADAC Analysis on Trends in Employer-Sponsored Insurance Now Available
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) issued a new analysis which used data from the Medicaid Expenditure Panel Survey to highlight the experiences of private sector workers with employer-sponsored insurance from 2013 to 2017 within all 50 states. The percent of U.S. employees receiving health insurance through the employer held steady in 2017 at 73.5 percent, however employees faced higher costs for that coverage. Learn more here.

Upcoming Calls, Trainings, and Events

Sign-up for Training to Help Community Members get an Appointment for a Colorado Drivers License
People who are unable to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. are eligible to receive a Colorado driver’s license, as a result of Colorado state legislation, Senate Bill 13-251. However the individual needs to schedule an appointment with the Division of Motor Vehicles. Unfortunately, appointments are limited and can be difficult to sign up for. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) will put on a training so that you can help clients get an appointment. Use this form to express your interest in a training and CIRC will get back to you.


Community Health Centers are Hiring Outreach and Enrollment Staff
Many Community Health Centers are hiring for outreach and enrollment positions. Visit the job board and select the “outreach and enrollment” category by clicking here.
Connect for Health Colorado Jobs
Connect for Health Colorado is recruiting for several positions, including Assistance Network Program Manager, Marketplace Operations Support Manager, and MA Site Enrollment & Eligibility positions. See the jobs here:

What We're Reading

Gov.-Elect Jared Polis Announces First Round of Senior Staff – Colorado Public Radio News, Dec. 6, 2018
There Is One Possible Downside to the Massive Voter Turnout in Colorado – Westword, Dec. 7, 2018
Colorado Immigrant Communities Balking From Social Services In Fear Of Harming Immigration Status – KUNC, Dec. 7, 2018
Colorado Covering Kids and Families (CKF) is a statewide, coalition-based project focused on increasing low-income Coloradans’ access to affordable health coverage. This monthly newsletter compiles what health coverage assisters need to know each month in one spot. 

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