Gov. Hickenlooper joins bipartisan group of 10 governors calling for action on new agreement to stabilize private health insurance markets

DENVER — Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 — Today, Gov. Hickenlooper joined a bipartisan group of 10 governors, urging Congress to move quickly and pass legislation to stabilize private health insurance markets and make quality health insurance more available and affordable. Senators Alexander and Murray have negotiated and developed a bipartisan agreement that will help achieve these goals. In the letter, the governors say the legislation deserves a vote by the House and Senate.

View the full letter here.

Governors Hickenlooper and Kasich issue statement on President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments

DENVER — Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Gov. John Kasich issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments.

“The President’s decision to eliminate cost-sharing subsidies is going to result in confusion and higher health insurance costs for many Americans. Insurers will be forced to protect themselves from the uncertainty this creates and American families will pay more as a result and have less access to health care coverage.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s move to end the cost sharing reduction payments, a key element of the Affordable Care Act

DENVER — Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement on the President’s move to end cost sharing reduction payments to insurance companies.

"Cutting the cost sharing reduction payments is cruel and irresponsible. Beyond the 45,000 Coloradans who rely on this program to make insurance more affordable, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans will see their premiums increase even more. It threatens coverage for Coloradans with chronic diseases or disabilities, potentially putting health care out of reach for those who need it the most.

New state advisor on aging to focus on needs of Colorado’s increasing senior population

DENVER — Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne today announced that Colorado has received a grant from the NextFifty Initiative to fund a Senior Advisor on Aging position in the Governor’s Office. This role will drive leadership on senior issues and focus on the coordination of key aging-related concerns like mobility, health care, housing and more.

“It’s crucial that we keep care for our seniors a priority,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This advisor will advance the state’s strategic action plan on aging and keep the concerns of older Coloradans at the forefront for this administration and beyond.”

The NextFifty Initiative supports up to $450,000 to fund the position over the next three years. Second and third year funding is based on renewal agreements.

Gov. Hickenlooper highlights need for federal immigration reform in denial of Encalada LaTorre pardon

DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 —  Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement regarding the pardon application for Ingrid Encalada LaTorre:

“Occasionally, a governor is faced with a decision with an answer that is clear but still painful. After careful review and with a heavy heart, I have decided to deny Ingrid Encalada LaTorre’s application for clemency. I did not come to this decision lightly. I spoke with her personally, and members of my team met with her and her attorney at length to ensure we had a full account of her case. I am moved by Ms. Encalada LaTorre’s dream of being an American and her extraordinarily hard work to support her family while she was here.

“At the same time, I must consider the impact of Ms. Encalada LaTorre’s crime on the victim, and most importantly, the precedent clemency would establish. Our country desperately needs comprehensive immigration reform that creates pathways for aspiring Americans like Ms. Encalada LaTorre to become productive, law-abiding citizens. But the crime that Ms. Encalada LaTorre committed was not victimless – far from it. Granting Ms. Encalada LaTorre’s application would compound the injustice of this unfortunate situation, and it would be a step backward in the fight for smart, compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform.

“The victim of this crime spent years dealing with the unlawful use of her Social Security number, suffering significant tax consequences and nearly losing government benefits she needed to support her own family. She opposes clemency for Ms. Encalada LaTorre. The victim is like thousands of others in this country who, through no fault of their own, face long-term consequences when someone commits this type of crime.

“Make no mistake: I disagree with many of the harsh immigration positions taken by the Trump administration, such as deporting law-abiding immigrants and ending DACA. Ms. Encalada LaTorre’s case, however, was handled consistently with practices in place since the Obama administration. Her crime rendered her ineligible for Cancellation of Removal under federal statute.  

Gov. Hickenlooper joins governors in urging Congress to support the Dream Act

DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined with 10 other governors from across the country in urging Congress to support the Dream Act. In a letter to Congressional leadership, the governors ask for swift action and for leaders to pass legislation protecting young DREAMers threatened with deportation.  

View a copy of the letter here.

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Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program

DENVER — Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 — Today Gov. John Hickenlooper offered this statement regarding President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"Colorado has always been a place where people can determine their destiny. The DACA program provides thousands of young people the opportunity to do just that. President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program unnecessarily jeopardizes the futures of more than 17,000 Coloradans. We strongly encourage Colorado’s congressional delegation to support the passage of the Dream Act, ensuring that Dreamers can continue making contributions to the only country they’ve ever called home. We will not turn our back on these young people and neither should our country."

Gov. Hickenlooper shares bipartisan blueprint to stabilize individual health insurance market

DENVER — Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, shared a letter detailing their bipartisan framework for stabilizing the individual health insurance market. The letter to Congressional leadership is signed by six other governors from both sides of the aisle.

Gov. Hickenlooper brings together bipartisan group of Governors urging Senate to reject the flawed health care bill and ‘skinny repeal’

DENVER — Wednesday, July 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined a bipartisan group of 9 other governors in sending a letter to Senate leadership voicing their concerns with the health care bill currently under review by the U.S. Senate.

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