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Apr 24, 2017
Natalie O'Donnell Wood, a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center testified today regarding a bill that would help people struggling with high health insurance costs. Her testimony is below. The Bell Policy Center supports HB 17-1235, which creates temporary financial relief for middle class Coloradans who buy health insurance throu...
An older man called the Colorado Medicaid Nurse Advice Line. He wanted to talk about a rash on his body, but the experienced nurse who answered the call, Jennifer Hogestad, was having a difficult time understanding him. She asked the man if anyone else in his...
Apr 19, 2017
Everyone agrees that America faces a retirement crisis.  Working families and people of all ages are not saving enough for their later years.  The best way to save for retirement is to put away a little out of each paycheck throughout your working life.  But 45 percent of private sector workers in Colorado in their prime working y...
Apr 11, 2017
The Bell supports HB 17-1307, which creates the Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) insurance program in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The FAMLI program would enable employees to pay into a worker-funded insurance program. After making contributions through income deductions, workers could then receive partial wag...
Apr 4, 2017
The Bell strongly supports continuing the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  The provisions of this statute and its effective implementation by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office provides needed consumer protections for all Coloradans.  We understand that several changes to the statute are being proposed in SB17-216....
Mar 29, 2017
Natalie O'Donnell Wood, a senior policy analyst with the Bell, testified on March 28 in favor of HB 17-1253, a bill that proects seniors from financial abuse. Here's her testimony: The Bell supports HB 17-1253, which amends the Colorado Securities Act to require certain financial professio...
Our newly released Opportunity Handbook provides policy suggestions for some of the most important problems facing Colorado today. Take a look for key data points and analysis from our experts.
Mar 29, 2017
When we visualize the face of the national student loan debt crisis, we tend to think of people in their 20s and 30s struggling to start careers, families, and build a better future. But increasingly, the face of unmanageable student loan debt is also that of retirement-age Americans. While some older borrowers have student loan debts from their ow...
Mar 22, 2017
President Trump released his "Skinny Budget" March 16, a broad outline of his priorities for the federal budget.  He proposes to increase spending on defense by $54 billion and pay for it with cuts to other areas. Based on our initial review of the data provided, we find his budget to be shortsighted.  It chokes off investments that pr...
Mar 20, 2017
Revenues continue to grow in Colorado, but lawmakers will have their hands full balancing the state’s budget. On Friday, economists from the governor’s office and the Legislative Council s...

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