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CKF Monthly Coalition Update

September 27, 2018

What's Inside

CKF News
Policy Updates
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 September meeting. Meeting notes will be sent next week.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be November 15, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:30 at 600 Grant Street, Suite 800, Denver CO 80203
*Please note the October meeting is cancelled*

CKF News

Building Better Health Registration is Open
Join us for Building Better Health on October 15 - 16, 2018. It is the only in-person training and networking opportunity for the people who help Coloradans enroll in health coverage. Your complimentary registration includes:
  • Access to all conference sessions and related materials
  • Entry to the Resource Hall
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch both days of the event
  • Free parking
Space is limited, register here today!

Policy Updates

Proposed Federal Rule Changes to Public Charge Released
On Saturday, September 22, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed change to policies used to determine whether an immigrant is considered a “public charge.” If an individual is determined to be a public charge, they may be denied Lawful Permanent Resident (green card) status. The proposed rule, which will be published soon in the federal register for a 60-day comment period, aims to expand the programs that would be considered when DHS makes a public charge determination including the individual’s length of use of:
  • Non-emergency Medicaid,
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps),
  • Federal Rental Assistance (such as Section 8 vouchers), and
  • Low Income Subsidy for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHP+ in Colorado) is not included in the proposed rule; however, DHS asks for public comment on whether the program should be included in the final rule. Notably, marketplace subsidies and use of these programs by family members are not included in the proposed regulation although these elements had been in previous drafts.

The proposed rule does not apply retroactively, so an individual’s use of any of these proposed non-cash benefits before the rule is finalized would not be considered for public charge determinations. Additionally, certain immigration statuses will not be impacted, such as refugees, individuals seeking asylum, or active duty members of the military and their families. DHS estimates that 382,000 individuals would be impacted by the proposed changes annually.
Covering Kids and Families is following this proposed rule carefully and plans to submit comments in opposition to these changes; people who are eligible for Medicaid and their families should not be afraid to enroll in programs they need to stay healthy. We will share more analyses of the 447-page proposed rule in the coming weeks, in addition to more talking points and our comments on the proposed rule. Currently, the Colorado Immigrant Health Coalition, organized through the Center for Health Progress, has provided the following Colorado-based resources:
  • Talking Points for Communicating with Immigrants and Their Families (English, Spanish)
  • Talking Points for Public Charge Media Opportunities (English, Spanish)


Free Open Enrollment Materials from Connect for Health Colorado
Connect for Health Colorado’s store has posters, overview brochures, application checklists, financial help charts, and pre-enrollment worksheets in English and Spanish for assisters and brokers. Materials will be available in early October. Visit to create an account, if you don’t already have one. It may take a full business day for your account to be approved. Materials ordered through the online store are free, and Connect for Health Colorado pays shipping costs. Contact Monica Caballeros ( with questions.
First Look at Connect for Health Colorado’s New Eligibility System
Connect for Health Colorado recorded a webinar that provides a sneak peek at the marketplace’s New Eligibility System. Watch the webinar here.
CBMS Transformation Newsletter Available
The Governor’s Office of Information Technology publishes a monthly newsletter about the Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) transformation project. The Road to Transformation Newsletter is available here.
CDHS Requesting Proposals for New Two-Generation Pilot Program
The Colorado Department of Human Services is requesting proposals to address systemic challenges and empower families to reach their full potential. The 2GO Pilot will award up to 10 grants for $100,000 each to regional and community collaborators who propose innovative ways to create a path to the middle class for whole families. See the request for proposals here.
Colorado Governor Candidate Health Care Proposals
The candidates for governor from the two major parties, Walker Stapleton and Jared Polis, released health care proposals last week. See the proposals here: In addition, the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) published a report on both candidates’ health policy stances. See the CHI report here.

Resources for People Working with Young Children Impacted by Separation and Trauma
ZERO TO THREE an organization focused on ensuring that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, worked with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health to gather a set of resources for parents, caregivers, and professionals working with very young children who have been impacted by separation and other trauma. See the resources here.

2017 U.S Census Data Released; Health Coverage Rates Stalled
The U.S. Census Bureau published 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) and 2017 Current Population Survey (CPS) results in September. The data show that although uninsurance rates had decreased nationally and in Colorado since implementation of the Affordable Care Act, uninsurance rates were not statistically different between 2017 and 2016. Nationally, about 8.8 percent, or 28.5 million people, lacked health insurance for the entire year in 2017. For more, watch or review slides from SHADAC’s discussion with Census Bureau representatives here.
National Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign Offers Outreach Tool Library
The Connecting Kids of Coverage Campaign, an outreach initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, provides tools and resources for Medicaid and CHIP outreach. See the campaign’s website here.

Upcoming Calls, Trainings, and Events

HCPF Webinars on New Verification Checklist - Oct. 11
On October 15, the Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) will begin sending a new Verification Checklist (VCL). The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) updated the new VCL's language and layout for improved readability, and worked in collaboration with CDHS, Connect for Health Colorado, and stakeholders. The new VCL was also consumer tested in English and Spanish and edited to incorporate feedback. Two live webinars are available to review the new VCLs. Both sessions will present the same information and will be posted online after the live sessions. Sign up for Health Reform Beyond the Basics Webinars
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities offers annual webinars to refresh assisters’ understanding of key policies and processes related to health coverage through their Health Reform Beyond the Basics website. Topics include Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) methodology, premium tax credits, determining household size, and immigrant eligibility and enrollment. These webinars provide an excellent overview for new staff or refreshers for existing staff. Webinars are recorded and posted after the live webinar. See the list of past and upcoming webinars here.


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.

What We're Reading

Does where you live affect how long you live?
Developed by the National Center for Health Statistics with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this tool displays life expectancy based on neighborhood. Just enter your address and find out how average life expectancy in your neighborhood compares to state and national averages. Click here to read more.
Key Flaws of Short-Term Health Plans Pose Risks to Consumers  
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities writes about the flaws inherent in short-term insurance plans, and how they pose risks to consumers. Click here to read more.    

Proposed Rule Would Make Matters Worse for Immigrant Children Held in Detention
The Georgetown Center for Children and Families writes about another proposed rule – separate from the proposed changes to public charge mentioned above – that would make changes to rules governing the detention of immigrant children. The proposed rule makes changes to the Flores Settlement which currently requires children to be released from custody without delay. Public comments on that proposed rule are due November 6. Click here to read more.
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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