Healthier Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the voices of Coloradans in the public policy process to improve the health of our state’s residents. We believe that every Coloradan should have a fair chance at living a healthy life. The people of Colorado are our constituency, and Healthier Colorado aims to make meaningful improvements throughout our state’s diverse communities.
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Insulin Costs $500 a Month. A Bill in Colorado Wants to Change That.
Ten percent of the American population has diabetes. And yet, insulin, the medication needed for those with diabetes to stay alive, has skyrocketed to unaffordable levels over the last few years. Because of this, 25 percent of patients with diabetes "self-ration" their insulin because the costs are too high. An exciting bill in Colorado's legislature, HB19-1216, hopes to change this. This law would place the responsibility on carriers to pass along rebates to consumers. There would be a $100 cap on cost to consumers for each monthly supply of insulin drugs, which will provide immediate relief to families and consumers who are hurting. Self-rationing of insulin can result in life-threatening conditions, such as blindness, kidney failure, loss of limbs, and even death. But sadly, this practice is becoming even more common as insulin prices increasingly rise, reaching $500 a month this year. This piece of legislation is so important for the hundreds of thousands of Coloradans with diabetes. But we need your support to make sure it gets through the final hurdle. The United States has the highest prescription drug costs in the world. These overwhelming prices are forcing Coloradans to choose between taking the necessary medicine need, and putting food on the table. This is not just or humane, and needs to stop. Join us in urging our legislators to fight the incredibly high insulin costs by supporting HB19-1216, a bipartisan bill that will give support to patients who sorely need it. We need your help: share this petition so we can let our legislators know Coloradans demand they support this crucial piece of legislation.
Protect Our Health. Address The Climate Crisis Now!
Devastating out-of-control wildfires, insects devouring our forests, drought, and a shrinking Rocky Mountain snowpack. Climate change is already wreaking havoc on Colorado's environment — but did you know it also threatens our physical and mental health? A new bill in Colorado's legislature, HB19-1261, sets to address this crisis. Climate change can crank up ground level ozone pollution, which impacts sensitive groups including the elderly and children. Burning fossil fuels, which drives climate change, produces a variety of pollutants which can aggravate asthma, decrease lung function, and even increase your risk of cardiovascular conditions including strokes. Colorado's increasingly frequent and destructive wildfires are also impacting our air quality. Extreme heat events can be dangerous to health — even fatal. As the mercury rises, hospital admissions for heat-related illnesses and instances of cardiovascular and respiratory disorders increase. Climate change also threatens mental health. In the aftermath of natural disasters — fires, droughts, and other extreme weather events — instances of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and domestic abuse often increase dramatically. While prevention is the best medicine, we may be too late to halt climate change. Now, we need our leaders to step up and prioritize our health and support actions to address the climate crisis and mitigate its damages. Sign the petition today and tell Colorado's leaders to prioritize our health and address the climate crisis now, by supporting HB19-1261!
Why do Prescriptions Cost So Much? Demand More Transparency!
The price of prescription drugs is skyrocketing. And nobody knows why. No one should have to choose between paying for life-saving medication or feeding their family. But for many that's a frightening reality. In fact, even insured Coloradans are skipping out on getting their prescriptions filled. However, while Americans struggle, pharmaceutical companies are allowed to keep their secrets and rake in profits. Policy makers and Coloradans don't have a complete picture on what's driving prescription drug price increases and it doesn't look like the increasing are slowing down any time soon. The public has the right to know the factors that go into the price of their prescription drugs. High prices are hurting the health of Coloradans. We need drug price transparency now. Sign to encourage your legislator to vote yes for drug price transparency!
Urge your legislators to tackle child obesity in Colorado!
Coloradans are increasingly becoming unhealthier every year. The sad news? It's not just adults. Our children are also a major part of the problem. 1 in 4 Colorado kids (age 5-14) were either overweight or obese in 2016. Colorado ranks 24th in the nation for percentage of children who participate in at least 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity four times or more per week. According to current national research, one of the best ways to begin to remedy the crisis is by ensuring that our kids are participating in school physical education programs. HB19-1161 will secure $3 million annually through the Department of Education to fund schools or school districts for grades K-8 to implement a 3-year pilot program. The grant will be awarded to 15-30 schools and school districts across the state, ensuring that suburban, urban, and rural schools are represented for purposes of the pilot program evaluation. Tell your state legislator to help us make our children healthier. Ask them to support a bill that could help schools offer quality and comprehensive physical education programs to their students.