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March 27, 2022

Hello Karin,

Our next CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting is on Monday, March 28, 2022 from 9:30AM - 11:30AM.

At this meeting we will continue reviewing the bills in our CCA Bill Tracker and voting on positions and/or keeping them in our Bill Tracker. Remember that every bill we follow must have a volunteer who will take responsibility to follow that bill through the committee hearings and discuss it at the CCA Advocacy Committee Meetings. 

  • Please review the list of bills and come prepared to share your top bills that you think we should follow and become involved with.
  • Remember that we will need volunteers to step forward to follow each of the bills we are tracking.
  • Be prepared to get involved in the bill tracking.

Here is a link to our bill tracker web page

where you will find the link to the actual bill tracker:

View Meeting Agenda - CLICK HERE

View CCA Advocacy Planning Subgroup List - CLICK HERE

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Colorado Center for Aging is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Topic: CCA: Advocacy Committee Meeting

Time: March 28, 2022 - 9:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Questions about CCA Advocacy Committees

Jeanette Hensley - email - 303-249-5598

Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee

Rich Mauro - email - Direct: 303-480-6778

Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee and Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

Questions about joining CCA

Contact our Executive Director or a Board Member:

Andrew Davies - Executive Director - Colorado Center for Aging - email

Work: 303-832-4535 - Cell: 970-217-6761

Colorado Center for Aging Board of Directors - CLICK HERE

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May 2022

3 Great Events for Older American's Month in Colorado!

Every May America celebrates Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Age My Way!” focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible, and participating in ways they choose. Colorado Center for Aging is leading the celebration in Colorado! Plan to attend our 3 events and learn more about aging in community. Tickets are $50 for all 3 events - Buy your ticket!

May 13, 2022 - Friday, 8:30AM - 10:30AM

Older Coloradans Act (and other legislation) Celebration Breakfast!

May 19, 2022 - Thursday, 10:30AM

“Voices on Aging” (Virtual Event)

May 26, 2022 - Thursday, 10:30AM

Age My Way Strategies and Townhall (Virtual Event)

Register & Buy your Ticket Today CLICK HERE

To learn more about event CLICK HERE


Members Needed to Join the Community First Choice Council

Deadline to Apply April 1, 2022

The Department needs your help to develop and launch the Community First Choice Option (CFC). CFC is a national health care program that will support Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) members with disabilities to be more independent and live in their community by providing expanded access to home and community-based services.

Please consider applying for the CFC Council, which will be a diverse group of individuals with disabilities, adults 65 and older, or their representatives. The CFC Council will help design and start CFC through regularly scheduled CFC Council meetings, recommendations to the Department, and participation in policy discussions on CFC and its potential effects.

CFC Council meetings will be held via webinar and call-in using Google Meet. The main Council meeting will be held on the first Wednesday of each month, and will likely have opportunities to participate in smaller ad hoc workgroups. The monthly time commitment is estimated to be about five hours with the design and launch work of the Council estimated to last one year.

The Department is dedicated to the full inclusion and diversity of our members, which includes race, color, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, creed, political beliefs, and disability. We encourage all interested Health First Colorado members and stakeholders to apply, especially:

• People with disabilities, their parents, people 65 and older, or their representative

• Rural, frontier, and urban disability community members

• Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)

• Those familiar with home and community-based services

• Those familiar with consumer-directed services

• Those familiar with the experiences of people with disabilities or older adults

The Department is accepting applications for 10 CFC council positions. Applicants may submit the CFC Council Member Application Form or contact Jordan Larson, CFC Policy Advisor, at 303-866-3580.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this flyer within your organization or networks.

English (CLICK HERE)



Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Stay up to date with CFC! Please sign up for the CFC Updates Email List or you can email us.

Interesting Articles Focused on Advocacy Issues

Congress could ban stock trading by its members. Do Colorado’s lawmakers support that idea?

"There’s momentum building in Congress to ban lawmakers from stock trading.

That’s surprised Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse. He’s been pushing this idea since 2020, and is one of the main sponsors of the Ban Conflicted Trading bill. 'During the early stages, when we first introduced this bill, it did not have much support,' Neguse recalled. He thinks the shift now is due in large part to the American public, who want to 'see a more ethical, competent government. And that in turn has motivated more members in Congress to join the clarion call that we have offered to take this important step.'..." READ MORE


New bill would stiffen Colorado’s penalties for fentanyl dealers, but leave misdemeanor possession law in place

"Possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute the powerful opioid would become a more serious felony crime in Colorado under a bill set to be introduced by Democrats and Republicans in the legislature this week. But having less than 4 grams of the drug for personal use would remain a low-level, misdemeanor offense..." READ MORE


We're Getting Our Financial Acts Together: Stressed About Social Security

"When I started this series at the beginning of 2021, my husband and I were preparing ourselves for our "big" 65th birthdays in November and December. It was all straightforward. We made a list of things we needed to tackle and went after it. And now, just like that, we have hit that milestone, and our next step is figuring out Social Security. It has me stressed..." READ MORE


Patients Divided Over Alzheimer’s Drug: Is It a ‘Risk I’m Willing to Take’ or Just a ‘Magic Pill’?

"If you listen to the nation’s largest Alzheimer’s disease advocacy organizations, you might think everyone living with Alzheimer’s wants unfettered access to Aduhelm, a controversial new treatment. But you’d be wrong. Opinions about Aduhelm (also known as aducanumab) in the dementia community are diverse, ranging from 'we want the government to cover this drug' to 'we’re concerned about this medication and think it should be studied further.'..." READ MORE


Open Boards and Commissions

There are over 300 boards and commissions to which the Governor makes appointments. Boards and commissions are a critically important way for Coloradans to engage in their state government, help improve their communities and create a Colorado for All.


Events Around Colorado

March 24, 2022 - Wednesday, 3:00PM - 4:50PM


March 31, 2022 - Wednesday, 3:00PM - 4:50PM

Health Cabinet Policy Summit

Please register to join Lt. Governor Primavera, Health Cabinet executive directors, and industry leaders for the Health Cabinet Policy Summit hosted by the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. A link to the full agenda is on our website:

View Agenda & Register - CLICK HERE

  • When you register, you will be registered for Session 1 and Session 2:
  • Session 1 - March 24, 2022, 3:00PM – 4:50PM
  • Session 2 - March 31, 2022, 3:00PM – 4:50PM
  • Time shown in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

March 28 - 29, 2022

18th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference

You are invited to attend the 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference, March 28-29, 2022 at the Westin Denver Hotel. Co-Hosted by the CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging, the VA GRECC, and CU Anschutz Division of Geriatrics, this conference brings together clinicians, service providers, researchers and community members in a unique learning environment of education and knowledge exchange providing the latest information of work being done in the aging sector.

Register Today - CLICK HERE

March 29, 2022, Tuesday, 5:00PM - 6:30PM

Colorado Fiscal Institute Pies & Charts!

t's time for CFI's sweetest event of the year: Pies & Charts! 

Join the whole team on . for a virtual mid-legislative session briefing. We'll sink our teeth into the latest revenue estimates and what they mean for our state pie, get the scoop on what's been baking during the 2022 Legislative Session, and discuss the different ways we can add to the recipe for a fair tax code that supports all Coloradans regardless of their skin color, how much money they make, where they were born, or where in the state they live now. Grab a slice of your favorite pie and join us for some tasty fiscal policy! CFI's Virtual Pies and Charts. This is event is free and open to everyone 

To RSVP for event - CLICK HERE

March 30, 2022 - Wednesday, 9:30AM - 11:00AM

"Dementia 101 + Reducing Your Risk" by JJ Jordan

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging and Dementia Friendly Denver are presenting this free class. The class covers the following topics such as:

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

What are the most common types of dementia?

What are the warning signs for dementia?

Cognitive issues might not be dementia 

Register Today - CLICK HERE

March 31, 2022 - Thursday, 8:00AM

Colorado Conversations Series on Affordability: Housing

Colorado faces an acute housing shortage, sending home prices and rents skyrocketing and residents reeling, the effects of which are felt across kitchen tables to main street and board rooms alike. State policymakers have vowed to tackle this crisis. So, what are the proposed solutions? What can the state do, for example, to spur building of affordable homes? Tune in – it’s free to attend! Speakers include:

  • Ted Leighty - Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Association of Home Builders
  • Elizabeth Peetz - Vice President of Government Affairs, Colorado Association of REALTORS®
  • Karen Kallenberg - Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado
  • Jonathan Cappelli - Executive Director, Neighborhood Development Collaborative
  • Peter LiFari - 2021 Common Sense Institute Terry J. Stevinson Fellow

Sponsored by Colorado Politics and The Denver Gazette

Link to register CLICK HERE

March 31, 2022 - Thursday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Reframing Aging in 2022: What you need to know now

There is a worldwide strengthening of the message that ageism is not acceptable, and that we can focus on solutions. Moreover, efforts are underway across the country to strengthen age discrimination laws. So what can we do to help? Many of us have platforms that communicate to and about older adults. We can lead the way to a more inclusive society. We can reset our messaging, to ensure that we are communicating effectively, in a way that does not reinforce negative stereotypes and instead increases understanding about changing demographics and the need for policy changes in an aging society. Link to register CLICK HERE

March 31, 2022 - Thursday, 2:30PM - 4:00PM EST (12:30PM - 2PM MST)

Second of Four CMS Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Listening Sessions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host four listening sessions centered on non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). All four sessions are open to the public. Through these listening sessions, CMS would like to obtain your input regarding potential practices for improving Medicaid program integrity for NEMT.

Learn More – CLICK HERE

CCA eNewsletter Archive

The CCA eNewsletters that go out on Sunday afternoons are archived on the CCA website. You can find all past newsletters at this link - CLICK HERE

CCA Advocacy Committee Meetings in 2022

We will be meeting every Monday from 9:30AM to 11:30AM* until the legislative session ends. Note that sometimes meetings are cancelled due to Federal holidays or other events.

*During the active legislative session the Monday meetings may go to 11:30AM

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