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covid in colorado


All Coloradans who received weekly unemployment insurance benefits — including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) — between March 15 and October 24, 2020 are eligible to receive a one-time $375 payment from the state. These payments started to go out this week and will be delivered directly to bank accounts or via ReliaCard accounts.

Note, those who qualified for more than $500 in base unemployment benefits per week are excluded from these payments.

Claimants do not need to contact the Department of Labor or take any other action in order to receive this one-time payment. Claimants are encouraged to log in to their benefits accounts and ensure that their address is up-to-date and their selected payment method. If claimants need to request a new pin they can do that either online or by phone via the Virtual Assistant tool at coloradoui.gov

In addition, the Colorado State Legislature convened for a special session this week to approve immediate COVID relief measures for Coloradans. Click here for a summary of some of the enacted relief measures. 


I’m encouraged by renewed, bipartisan conversations and support that emerged this week for additional and immediate COVID relief. We need significant support for state and local governments and schools who are on the front lines of this pandemic, and we need to pair that with strong support for individuals through direct payments and unemployment extensions, small businesses including restaurants who are most hurt by the recent surge in cases, and for our healthcare system so we can improve testing capacity and prepare for the distribution of the vaccine. I will consider all COVID relief legislation that comes forward and continue to push for immediate relief.


As we continue to see cases surge throughout the state, all Coloradans are encouraged to heed the warnings and do three things: 
1. No personal gatherings with anyone outside your household
2. Social distance whenever possible
3. Always wear a mask

open enrollment deadlines approaching

Don’t forget, the deadline to purchase health insurance for coverage starting January 1, 2021 is December 15th. The open enrollment period runs until January 15th for coverage starting February 1st.

Visit www.connectforhealthco.com or call 855-752-6749 to enroll, get additional information and resources, and to shop and compare plans. 

Medicare’s annual election period is now open through December 7th. During this annual window, Medicare plan enrollees can reevaluate their coverage and make changes or purchase new policies.

Questions or concerns? Contact my office at (303) 274-7944 for assistance.

upcoming events

What: Virtual District Office Open House

When: Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. MT

Where: Zoom (link provided upon registration)

Click here to register or call (303) 274-7944 with questions.

What: COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall

When: Monday, December 14, 2020 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. MT

Where: A live conference call you can participate in from your home

Click here to sign up to receive a call when the town hall is starting or call (303) 274-7944 with questions.

updates for colorado veterans

COVID Testing Site: The COVID testing at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center Emergency Department is up and running. The drive-up testing site can be found in Building P and is open 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This test site should be utilized by Veterans needing testing and who are NOT in need of medical attention. Building P is located at 1999 N. Fitzsimons Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80045, on the North end of the campus.

Digital Screening Tool: A Digital COVID-19 Screen is mandatory for all Veterans, caregivers, visitors, employees, and contractors to gain entry to any of our sites of care. You can access this digital screening tool by texting SCREEN to 53079. You may also access the screening tool by going to www.va.gov/covid19screening.

24/7 Call Center Operations: Veterans in the Rocky Mountain region will now be able to schedule appointments, refill medications and speak with a Nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days week. This was not an option before. Call center number is 1-888-336-8262.

good news report

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, was officially lit this week. It’s great to share some of the beauty of our state with the country! Click here to learn about highlights from its journey from Colorado to Washington D.C.

Congrats to all the winners of the Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest - and a big shout out to our very own Corrie Malone from Wheat Ridge!  

Congrats to the 7th Congressional District's Lunar Outpost for helping pave the way for the collection and utilization of space resources. This is critical as we go back to the Moon and go on to Mars!

Calling all K12 Students! Can you imagine leading a one-week expedition on the Moon? Tell NASA about it and you could win a trip to a launch. Enter the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest here.