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RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

May 10, 2017
Sometimes, the right answer during a legislative session isn’t to run a bill. Instead, it’s to rely on relationships built over the years, and to work collaboratively in moving our priorities forward. That was the case this session with efforts by the Bell and the Fair Lending for a Thriving Colorado coalition to increase the transparency of studen...
May 5, 2017
One of the most egregious takeaways from the vote Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives is that the GOP law is primarily a $600 billion tax cut. Instead of trying to rein in health costs, the bill is just a plain-old cost shift. Big health care busine...
May 3, 2017
Bell Senior Policy Analyst Natalie O'Donnell Wood is testifying today in the Colorado Senate in support of the Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance program. Please see her testimony below. The Bell supports HB 17-1307, which creates the Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program in the Colorado Department of Labor and Emp...
Apr 26, 2017
Rich Jones, the Bell's Director of Policy and Research, testified Wednesday in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Click here to download a cop...
Apr 26, 2017
We’re still waiting to see what happens to the proposed American Health Care Act, the most unpopular piece of federal health legislation in some time. (For a refresher of how the legislation would hurt Colorado, click...
Apr 26, 2017
The Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans are at it again.  This time they are trying to repeal a rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that provides protections for consumers who use prepaid cards.  They are pushing House Joi...
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...

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