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NEW HEALTHCARE BILL THREATENS COVERAGE FOR THOUSANDS OF COLORADANS

Last week, Senators Cassidy and Graham introduced another healthcare bill to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill will have the same devastating effects as the previous repeal bills and will strip away affordable health insurance for millions of hardworking Americans. Many of the same harmful provisions that were included in the American Health Care Act that passed the House in May are included in the Cassidy-Graham bill (see below). This bill has not yet been studied by the Congressional Budget Office but could be voted on as early as next week.

Here at home, initial estimates show 468,000 Coloradans are at risk of losing their coverage, and the state is expected to see more than $6 billion in cuts to healthcare funding by 2026. Starting in 2027, Coloradans will see an average annual premium increase of more than $4200.

These repeal and replace efforts come at a time when we are seeing record-low uninsured rates in Colorado and across the country. Today, Colorado's uninsured rate is 6.5%. Prior to the implementation of the ACA, Colorado's uninsured rate was 14.3%. As I’ve said before, I am open to improving the Affordable Care Act but will oppose any effort to roll back the progress we’ve made for millions of Coloradans and Americans. 

 


EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS


I recently cosponsored the bipartisan Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act to allow students to utilize the “reverse transfer” process and use applicable credits toward an associate degree. The bill will help millions of students who complete coursework for an associate’s degree but are not awarded the degree and leave school before earning a bachelor’s degree.

Individuals with an associate’s degree earn, on average, $400,000 more over their working life than those with a high school diploma. Unfortunately, recent trends show that more than 30% of students who transferred from a community college to a four-year institution drop out before completing their bachelor’s degree. Between 2003 and 2013, nearly two million transfer students who were eligible for an associate’s degree were not awarded a diploma.

The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act aims to fill this gap in order to help students and higher education institutions increase graduation rates and prepare our students for the workforce. This bill would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to streamline student credit sharing between colleges in order to make the process more open and efficient, and will notify students once they have reached the sufficient requirements for an associate degree. I want to ensure everyone has access to an education and maintain an educated workforce so we can continue to compete globally and innovate here in America.


UPCOMING EVENTS

What: STEM Competition ­– This nationwide event encourages high school students to create and exhibit their software app for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

When: Friday, October 27 | 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Where: Northglenn High School (601 W 100th Pl, Northglenn, CO 80260) | MAP


What: Senior Resource Fair ­– Find information on mobility services, healthcare or other senior services offered in our community.

When: Friday, November 17 | 10:00am to Noon

Where: Wheat Ridge Rec Center | 4005 Kipling Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. MAP


 



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