Doris Beaver

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – April 2018

~ By Doris Beaver ~ “In federal fiscal year 2016, over ten thousand people died waiting to be approved for federal disability benefits,” – a statistic that should haunt every legislator in this country. House Bill 18-1192: The “maze” of paperwork for those in need of federal disability benefits can be daunting and downright frustrating […]

Colorodo’s Citizen Legislature – Mar. 2018

~ By Doris Beaver ~ From timed to time, politicians in Washington stand up so sanctimoniously and “moan” that the only way to deal with this country’s budget and deficit problems is to rein in or end the charity programs of Medicare and Medicaid. Far too many of that group have never worked for a […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – Feb. 2018

~ By Doris Beaver ~ The year since readers last heard from the this writer, one would have to agree, has been like none other in American politics. It is sad indeed that the national fall out on sexual harassment finally reached our local legislature, and is taking up time that should be devoted to […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – July 2017

~ By Doris Beaver ~ House Bill 17-1116: The limit on continued conditional funding for energy related assistance to low-income households from the severance tax operational fund has been removed, and will now be eligible for conditional funding indefinitely. Low-income households, and yes, far too many Seniors will be able to breath a sigh of […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – June 2017

~ By Doris Beaver ~ Today’s column continues with the actions taken by Governor Hickenlooper on legislation passed during the 2017 legislative session. Senate Bill 17-087, postponed indefinitely on February 23rd, SB 087 would have modified sentencing of sex offenders by giving the courts discretion to choose between the indeterminate sentence or a determinate sentence […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – May 2017

Even though adjournment day for the 2017 Colorado General Assembly is fast approaching, legislators still have a great deal of work to do with many, many pieces of legislation awaiting their first committee hearing. House bill 17-1264: Alternatives to nursing facility care have long-been favored by those providing services to persons age 55 or older. […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – April 2017

House Bill 17-1253: The stories of elderly or at-risk persons being taken advantage of – some lose their life savings – are heart breaking and gut wrenching. HB 1253 creates the “Protection of Vulnerable Adults From Financial Exploitation Act.” The findings of the Colorado General Assembly reveal staggering statistics on this issue:

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – Mar 2017

~ By Doris Beaver ~ The 2017 General Assembly is focusing considerable attention on improving the system for Medicare and Medicaid client experiences regarding communications such as client letters and notices concerning eligibility matters, and proper billing to recipients or the estate of recipients. Senate Bill 17-121: The General Assembly declared that

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – Feb 2017

~ By Doris Beaver ~ The new President has promised and already begun action to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Readers are strongly encouraged to stay focused on this issue. The most reliable source of information will be your present insurance company’s benefits department.

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – July 2016

~ By Doris Beaver ~ The process of posting Governor Hickenlooper’s action on legislation passed during the legislative session took place a little differently in 2016. Today’s column presents the action on the remaining bills written about this session in Prime Time for Seniors. Senate Bill 16-026 was signed by the Governor on May 5th.

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – June 2016

~ By Doris Beaver ~ Action by Governor Hickenlooper on legislation passed by the 2016 General Assembly is moving at a snail’s pace this year as presidential politics and the Governor’s book publicity seem to be demanding first priority. The bills not covered in today’s column will appear in a July 2016 column. The Governor […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – May 2016

The second regular session of the Seventieth Colorado General Assembly is in the home stretch with adjournment scheduled for May 11th. In the for what it’s worth department, legislators were not feeling generous when House Bill 16-1065 was considered by the House Committee on Health Insurance and Environment. Postponed indefinitely, HB 1065 would have created […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – April 2016

~ By Doris Beaver ~ Far too many of us ordinary citizens arrive at the point in our lives that means we are labeled as “Seniors” way sooner than we would like, and woefully unprepared for all that term means. Lack of preparation dramatically impacts how a Senior deals with reaching such a milestone. Think […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – Mar. 2016

~ By Doris Beaver ~ As each of us age and slip into that group referred to as “older” citizens (elderly is no longer the respectful term), various everyday actions take on greater or different meaning. Most readers give little thought to the freedom of communication we exercise so freely in normal day activities.

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – Feb. 2016

~ By Doris Beaver ~ Welcome back to a new production of action under the Gold Dome, also known as the Colorado General Assembly. One of probably the most controversial issues facing the 2016 legislative session is end-of-life options for terminally ill individuals. With such controversial issues, identical or near identical bills are often introduced […]