Legislative Committee Meeting on
Monday, April 5th
Greetings!

The legislature is getting busy and so is the CSL Legislative Committee. Please review our list of bills we are following for Monday's meeting and come prepared to dig into issues. Remember that we are always looking for members to step into volunteer leadership roles.
April 5, 2021 LCM Agenda
Each week, we begin with new bills that have been introduced to our list, then to bills calendared for this week’s committee hearings, then to discussing the status of bills that CSL is either strongly supporting or strongly opposing or amending. Then we will move on to those bills we are considering dropping from our list entirely.

Our targeted number of bills to follow is 20. We now have nearly double that number. Some trimming is necessary. We will start with bills that have been in monitor status for two weeks or more. If the person signed up for those bills has no new information for us, those bills will likely be dropped.
We need people to be familiar with the bills as we will be voting on our position of the bills. If you are the lead on any of these bills please come prepared to update the group on changes.
Monday, April 5th Agenda - CLICK HERE
And a reminder, there are some bills that have been in monitor status for two weeks now. If the person signed up for those bills has no information for us, those bills will likely be dropped. 
Events
April 1 through May 13, 2021 - Thursdays, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Spring 2021 DRCOG Citizens’ Academy on Zoom
DRCOG's Citizens’ Academy is a program that helps build the civic capacity of the Denver region's residents. Through the seven-week course, the academy exposes participants to important regional issues like transportation, economic vitality, housing, civic engagement and more. Each course includes weekly two-hour sessions consisting of lectures from local subject matter experts, small-group interactions and networking. In addition, participants develop individual action plans to put into place upon completing the academy. Apply now for the spring 2021 virtual Citizens' Academy!
April 9, 10, 14, 16, & 21, 2021
Workshop on Racial Equity and Aging
From National Civic League
Improve the equity and inclusivity of your aging work and join this training!
The National Civic League, with the support of the Next50 Initiative, is hosting five virtual workshops for age-friendly communities and individuals working to
improve aging in Colorado. Participants will learn strategies on how to incorporate equity and inclusion into their work and age-friendly plans, including how to inclusively engage older adults and how to apply an equity lens to aging work. This session is designed to deeply educate all participants on the institutional and systemic aspects of racism, and how to implement racial equity, not just "understand" it.

View event flyer for details - CLICK HERE

Register Online
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Health Policy & Affordability Webinar
Hospital Affordability Policy & Community Investments
The Health Policy & Affordability Webinar Series is hosted by the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing to pull experts and stakeholders together to discuss emerging opportunities to reduce health care costs for Coloradans, employers and Medicaid.

Come hear national and local experts discuss policy, as well as new and trending reporting on hospital affordability and community investment. This will include insights and opportunities voiced by the RAND Corporation, Colorado Center for Law and Policy, the Division of Insurance, the Department and the Colorado Hospital Association. The session will also include an active Q&A dialogue between panelists and attendees.
April 15 - May 6, 2021
Spring 2021 Series
"Building Resiliency For Healthier Aging"
Who should attend? Service providers, Caregivers and Older Adults are invited to join us for the spring 2021 webinar series to learn strategies to improve Emotional and Mental Health and well-Being for Older Adults. Webinars are on Thursdays, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM (Mountain Time). This event is hosted by University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging and community partner Denver Public Library.
  • April 15th - Understanding Mindfulness As We Age 
  • April 22nd - Connect and Engage: Understanding Loneliness and Forging Deeper Relationships
  • April 29th - Adding Structure to Life with Flexibility and Purpose
  • May 6th - Maintaining Healthy Cognitive Living
Announcements
More than one million Coloradans are fully Vaccinated
As of April 1st, Colorado is proud to announce, in collaboration with more than 1100 vaccine providers, the state has reached the one million mark of people fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The milestone came yesterday as the state moves into Phase 2 of vaccine distribution tomorrow.

As of April 2, 2021, Colorado is in Phase 2 of vaccine distribution. All Coloradans 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans 18 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

Covid Vaccines for People in
City and County of Denver who cannot leave their home
If you are age 18 or older with one or more high-risk condition and are required to stay at home for health and safety reasons, you live within the City and County of Denver, and are eligible to receive your vaccine according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) guidance, we can bring your vaccine to you! Sign up by calling Denver Department of Public Health and Environment at 720-865-3005 and press Option 4 for at-home vaccination. This service is available in English and Spanish, as well as other languages through a phone interpreter. Please note: This service is available for individuals who are required to stay at home for health and safety reasons, as well as one primary care-giver at the same address. The primary care-giver is eligible under Colorado’s Phase 1B as a home health provider, and does not need to present any credentials or certification.
Free At-Home Balance Solution for Older Adults
the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
DRCOG is offering people 60+ a free personalized balance training app on their smartphone or tablet. The app is called Nymbl.

Nymbl is an easy, personalized balance training app that you can do in the privacy and comfort of your home - in just 10 minutes a day. It’s fully covered by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and is available for free to the first 5,000 older adults age 60 and older in Colorado! Older adults who sign up will receive a customized balance training program delivered conveniently on their smartphone or tablet.

Waitlist is Open for Housing at Franklin Park in Denver
The Community at Franklin Park is taking applications for housing. Call Sally Vigil at 303-832-4859 for more information. We believe you will have to appear on Tuesday or Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. However, call the manager for more information. The Community at Franklin Park accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Medicaid Pending, HMO’s, VA Benefits, Private Pay and Hospice.

The Community at Franklin Park - 1535 Franklin Street Denver, CO 80218
AgeWise Colorado is Looking for an Executive Director
AgeWise Colorado, a Colorado based 501(c)(3) non-profit is looking for an Executive Director (ED). This person will be a member of the team that stewards the mission and vision of AgeWise Colorado (AWC). This person will be responsible for the efficient administration of marketing, sales, operations, budgetary and fiscal matters, fund-raising, organizational development and fundraising, board development and relations, as well as hiring, training, guiding, and evaluating administrative staff - LEARN MORE

Quick Guide for Energy Bill Help in Colorado
The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Utilities Workgroup has developed a Colorado Energy Assistance Guide and a "LEAP and EOC Basics" recorded training. The resources are posted on the Network of Care site.
Surveys for You to Take
Health Care Costs Survey
The State of Colorado and The Office of Saving People Money on Health Care (OSPMHC) invites you to participate in a survey. OSPMHC is located in the Office of the Lt. Governor, and works to save Coloradans money by addressing the cost of health care. Your response to this survey will help us understand:

  1. How Coloradans are impacted by the direct and indirect cost of health care,
  2. Gaps in current resources that may be available to help mitigate the impact of those costs.

We will continue collecting responses until April 30th, 2021.

An Internet Equity Survey
The Internet Equity Coalition is requesting we send out a survey regarding internet access and service. This is the 1-minute survey for internet service quality issues: Problems with your internet or phone service, Coloradans?

For those of you who use Facebook - be sure to visit their Facebook page and spread the news about Coloradans for Better Internet
As long as you are in Facebook visit the Colorado Senior Lobby Facebook page and like our organization.
Family & Friend Caregiving in Colorado Survey
To make sure Colorado has the right public policies in place to support caregivers, the Bell Policy Center is asking for your help. The following survey asks what community resources you’re using as a caregiver - but also asks what resources would make your life a bit easier. We’ll use this information to create policies that provide Colorado caregivers with the resources they find most meaningful. Your voice and insights are essential to making sure our policies in Colorado reflect the actual needs and wants of caregivers across our state. Below is the link to the survey:

Join or Renew your Membership for 2021
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April 5th - 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Zoom LCM Logon Information
You will get the most out of our meetings if you can
logon using a computer compared to calling in with a phone.

Link above should be all you need, but just in case:

Meeting ID: 881 481 5119
Passcode: CSL2020!

One tap mobile
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Meeting ID: 881 481 5119
Passcode: 24533218
Questions? Contact the Legislative Committee Co-Chairs

Jeanette Hensley - email - 303-249-5598
CSL Co-Chair of Legislative Committee, CSL Capitol Gang Chairperson
and CSL Board Secretary

Rich Mauro - email - Direct: 303-480-6778
CSL Co-Chair of Legislative Committee, CSL Board of Directors and Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
Could you lend a hand?
Colorado Senior Lobby is in need of volunteers with some very specific skills and experience. Use the link below to learn more.

Thank you for your time in reviewing information about the CSL Legislative Committee Meetings. Do not hesitate to call or email Colorado Senior Lobby with questions.

CSL Main Phone: 303-832-4535