Come wear your heart on your sleeve: Join us for Hearts on Fire 2013!

Happy New Year! If the winter blues get to you after the holidays are over, plan now to join us for an evening of fiery fun at Hearts on Fire!

When: Saturday, March 2, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Where: 13199 East Montview Blvd, Aurora (Yes, that’s our office address. The event will take place in the spacious ground floor meeting and dining rooms, and you’ll be amazed at the transformation!)Dancers in front of flaming heart

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Salsa lessons and a dance contest, delicious hors d’oeuvres from Diego’s, open bar, live music and great silent auction prizes are sure to make Hearts on Fire 2013 a night to remember.

Last year, more than 150 people came out to indulge their passions and help us make Colorado a better place for children and youth with special health care needs. You don’t want to miss out on the fun – or the opportunity to make a difference – with this very special event.

Click on the link below to RSVP.

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If you have any questions about the event or how to register, contact Chrystal Ferber, Development Associate, at 303-733-3000 x107 or chrystal@familyvoicesco.org.

Thanks to our event sponsors: Southmoor Wine & Spirits, Diego’s Mexican Food & Cantina, PASCO Home Health. (It’s not too late to become an event sponsor – call Chrystal at the number above to learn more!)

Medicaid expansion is good news for Colorado

Last week, Governor Hickenlooper announced that Colorado will move forward with the Medicaid expansion called for under the Affordable Care Act. Family Voices Colorado joins The Colorado Health Foundation and other health care advocacy groups in applauding the decision to increase health care coverage for thousands of currently uninsured Coloradans.

Colorado has been actively preparing for Medicaid expansion since the Colorado Health Care Affordability Act (HB 09-1293) passed in 2009, with a Hospital Provider Fee contributing funds toward Medicaid and drawing down additional federal funding to support health care services for additional low-income populations. But last week’s announcement is the first official assurance that an additional 160,000 adults whose incomes are below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (currently $14,856 for an individual or $30,657 for a family of four), will become eligible for Medicaid in 2014, since the Supreme Court ruled in June that the federal government could not compel states to expand their Medicaid programs. Eric Whitney summarizes the legislation and potential impact well in this article for Kaiser Health News; Jeff Bontrager and Megan Lane raise some additional questions in the Colorado Health Institute’s blog.

Family Voices Colorado believes that all people deserve access to quality health care. And although eligibility for health insurance (public or private) is not the same as access to care, lack of insurance coverage is often a primary barrier to accessing family-centered, comprehensive, coordinated care in a medical home. Therefore, we support this expansion of public health insurance coverage in our state, as an opportunity to improve health outcomes and opportunities to thrive for vulnerable Coloradans.

Family Voices staff work with many families who rely on Medicaid for health care coverage, whether solely for a child with a disability or for the entire family. If you have questions about whether your family may be eligible for Medicaid or CHP+, please call us at 303-733-3000 or 800-881-8272. And know that we will continue to speak up on behalf of children and youth with special health care needs and their families as health care reform is implemented.

Season’s Greetings! A note from Tom Rose, Executive Director

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Advocates, and Supporters,dancing snowman in a snow globe

The weather has finally turned colder, we’ve seen a couple dustings of snow lately, and as we move through the holiday season, we here at Family Voices Colorado are counting our blessings:

First, thank you to all who donated on Colorado Gives Day! Our individual giving increased by 18% over last year, and we are grateful for the support. Your gift makes it possible for us to continue providing services to families and professionals free of charge. There is still time to make a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year; just visit http://givingfirst.org/familyvoicesco and click on Donate Now.

Second, we have come through a year of change and transition that was challenging at times, but has positioned Family Voices well to continue to grow and evolve in the future. We have plans for new programs and services, including some funding possibilities, that we are very excited about. As soon as those are a little more settled, I look forward to sharing more information with you.

Over the last couple months, we have worked with The Colorado Health Foundation to reach out to different media about the Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities, resulting in a TV interview in Grand Junction and an article in the Denver Post. We are very pleased to have our work with families highlighted, as well as raising public awareness of the new Buy-In program as one of many ways that Medicaid helps support families in our state.

Last week’s tragic news from Connecticut continues to weigh heavy on my heart. I hope this holiday season brings you peace and joy even in difficult times, and know that whatever you are going through, you are not alone. Although our office will be closed December 22 – January 1 so staff can enjoy time with their families, we are checking voicemail each day in case of urgent messages. If we can help you access resources, navigate systems, or advocate for a child with special health care needs in your life, please let us know.

Happy Holidays, and best wishes for the New Year!

Warmly,

Tom Rose, Executive Director

Read our full December newsletter.

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