Healthier Colorado

156,451 supporters

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.

Started 4 petitions

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Petitioning Colorado General Assembly

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.

Healthier Colorado
156,233 supporters
Petitioning Colorado General Assembly, Governor Polis

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!

Healthier Colorado
216 supporters