"Coloradans for Coloradans" Funding Neither For Nor By Coloradans

Opposition Group 99% Bankrolled by Big Money from Corporations, Insurance Industry

Denver, CO - The first campaign finance reports of the election year drew a stark contrast between the "people over profits" campaign in support of ColoradoCare, Amendment 69, and the corporate insurance industry interests that are lining up to defeat it. 

If contributions equated to votes, Amendment 69 would pass with 98.64% of the vote, based on the campaign finance reporting of ColoradoCareYES and the opposition group Coloradans for Coloradans.  Of the 1,108 contributions both campaigns received from registered voters in Colorado, 1,093 of them were in support of ColoradoCareYES as opposed to 15 for the opposition.

"Unfortunately for the inaptly named Coloradans for Coloradans, their fundraising reflects the character of the corporate insurance industry whose grip on health care they are trying to defend," said Owen Perkins, Director of Communications for ColoradoCare.  "To preserve a status quo that puts profits first and prioritizes eight-figure CEO salaries over the well-being of patients, Coloradans for Coloradans collected 99.85% of their funds from corporations." 

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Broncos Super Bowl Win Costs Several Elated Fans Thousands of Dollars Each

super-bowl-babies_800.pngIf you watched the Super Bowl yesterday, or at least the commercials, you probably noticed an interesting NFL Commercial that makes the claim that nine months after a victory, the winning city experiences a baby boom. This is apparently due to elated fans taking their joy to the bedroom after the game.

Assuming this to be true, and understanding that most healthy people of childbearing age are covered by for-profit health insurance with deductibles, then it is no stretch to realize that a lot of Colorado couples will be bumping into their high deductibles come delivery time around the beginning of November. Deductibles of thousands of dollars must be met before insurers will cover any medical claims. Even higher out-of-pocket maximums could mean medical bills as high as $13,700 just for having a baby.

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HCAC Supports ColoradoCare Amendment 69

snglpyr.pngFollowing a unanimous vote of the Health Care for All Colorado (HCAC) Board of Directors this week, HCAC is officially supporting Colorado Amendment 69 – the ColoradoCare state health care financing system.

Health Care for All Colorado continues to work and strive for a publicly-funded universal health care system, and is excited about the prospect of a fundamental shift in how health care is financed in Colorado that would move us significantly in this positive direction. Many activists and supporters of HCAC worked long hours with the ColoradoCareYES campaign to deliver 109,131 valid signatures to the Secretary of State, officially securing a spot on the November 2016 election ballot. With less than a year to go, this will be a long and intense fight and we need your support.

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ColoradoCare Campaign Turns In Over 150K Signatures

Well, by now you've no doubt heard the ColoradoCare folks were successful in their signature gathering for Initiative #20.  That is an amazing accomplishment, and we offer our congratulations to the team of people who made that happen.  And we know many HCAC members worked hard to secure signatures for Initiative #20.   We honor that effort, and we honor the contributions of time and money it took to get there.  Kudos to all.

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The Naked Truth (commercial)

It's the last day of summer. Days are going to get shorter and temps will start to fall, but something is still rising: deductibles, copays, and health insurance premiums.

Help us advocate so that nobody is left 'out in the cold!' To become a financial supporter, please click here.

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Medicare 50th Anniversary Flash Mob

Save the Date!

On July 30, 2015, HCAC will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Medicare in Flash Mob style!

In DenverFort Collins and Pueblo -- Come on and join the celebration!

 

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April 2015 News

Health Care for All Colorado - NEWS – April 2015 

Index

  1. A message from Donna Smith, Executive Director, HCAC/HCACF.
  2. HCAC Denver Chapter Meeting – presentation by CHCC (Sen. Irene Aguilar)
  3. Colorado Cost Commission meetings
  4. Colorado legislature bills
  5. HCAC Annual Meeting
  6. HCACF Education Meeting/Fund Raiser – May 2015 – CANCELLED
  7. Medicare 50th Anniversary celebration – July 30, 2015   . 
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SB 15-197

After Hearing Testimony From HCAC Leader, CO Senate Bill 15-197 Passes Out of Committee

HCAC has taken the position to support SB 15-197, a bill that reduces the number of hours required for Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) oversight from 3600 to 1000 hours, an amount that is still higher than the requirement in most states.  Although years of research and the most recent Institute of Medicine Study conclude that APRNs provide safe, high quality access to care at a lower cost, this bill faces strong opposition from physician groups.  

On March 12,  Judith Burke, HCAC secretary, provided the following testimony to  Senate Health & Human Services Committee on behalf of HCAC. 

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Extension of Telemedicine

Colorado House Bill 1029 and the Extension of Telemedicine

Notes on CO HB15-1029 (Health Care Delivery via Telemedicine Statewide) by Shelley Dworet Cohen, MD, chair of the HCAC legislative committee and former HCAC president.

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HR 676 Reintroduced!

HR676 -- Improved and Expanded Medicare for All for life Re-Introduced!

DonnaSmithandJohnConyers.gifRep. John Conyers, D-MI, has re-introduced HR676 -- and onTuesday, February 3, 2015, HR676 had 44 co-sponsors.  Not one of those co-sponsors is from Colorado even though the single-payer movement is alive and well here.  Please get on the phone and call your elected officials.  

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