Thursday, June 6, 2013

Colorado Health Foundation Recaps 2013 Legislative Session

Though Medicaid expansion and school breakfast programs didn't generate as much media attention as gun laws and civil unions, the 2013 General Assembly will be remembered as a significant session for Colorado's health.

Legislators and Gov. John Hickenlooper passed and signed into law Senate Bill 13-200, which enables Coloradans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify for Medicaid coverage. The result of strong partnerships between policymakers and health, advocacy, and business communities, SB 13-200 ensures more vulnerable citizens and hard-working families in Colorado will have access to quality health care services. For a demographic portrait of who benefits from expansion, be sure to read "Medicaid Expansions and Newly Eligible Coloradans," a report from the Colorado Health Institute.

Other bills supported by the Colorado Health Foundation include House Bill 13-1066, which requires more than 360 Colorado schools to offer a free, nutritious breakfast after the first bell for all students. Also of note, Senate Bill 13-242 adds a limited dental benefit for all adults covered by Medicaid.

To learn more, go to the Colorado Health Foundation or the Colorado Health Foundation Policy Speakout.

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