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One Colorado, CCHI Encourage Kaiser Permanente to Follow Through on Commitment to Transgender Health Care

By One Colorado and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Late last week, one of Colorado’s leading insurers, Kaiser Permanente, committed publicly to work with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to lead an important discussion on transgender health. While Kaiser is one of Colorado’s non-profit insurers and has been a leader in providing culturally competent health careRead more >>

As One Colorado Releases New Videos on LGBT Health Barriers, Two Community Members Share Their Stories

By Leo Kattari, Transgender Coloradan In April, the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) came out with a bulletin which states that health insurance plans cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation – which in Colorado is defined as heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or transgender status.  This means insurers must provide transgender Coloradans coverage for services generally providedRead more >>

Key Legal Protections Finally Afforded to Thousands of Couples Across Colorado

Couples in Denver and Boulder were the first in the state to be issued licenses as Colorado’s civil unions law went into effect at midnight on May 1. As the Denver and Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Offices issued licenses into the morning, more than 100 couples were welcomed into the Webb Building in downtownRead more >>

Spanish-Language Resources for Civil Unions

With civil unions beginning just next week, thousands of couples across Colorado are preparing to take advantage of these important legal protections. To help guide couples through the process and ensure they have all the information they need, we have launched a Spanish-language version of our online civil unions resource. This resource includes all ofRead more >>

Medicaid Coverage will be HIV Coverage: Guest Commentary from Colorado AIDS Project CEO

By: Darrell Vigil, Chief Executive Officer of Colorado AIDS Project In my role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado AIDS Project, I advocate every single day on behalf of HIV+ Coloradans. For this community, Colorado’s decision to move forward with expanding Medicaid is absolutely vital – because without this expansion, 3,000 HIV+ peopleRead more >>

Often Invisible: Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health

As we wrap up LGBT Health Awareness Week, we know that with the enormous challenge of responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact on our community, issues specific to lesbian and bisexual women’s health have often been overlooked or left behind. But it is vital to bring to light the barriers we all face, and that includesRead more >>

Division of Insurance Says Insurers Cannot Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status

Imagine being denied health care services based simply on who you are. Unfortunately, many of us know this to be the rule — and not the exception — for transgender Coloradans across the state. After months of advocacy by One Colorado and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative to address this critical issue, the Colorado Division of Insurance releasedRead more >>

Gov. Hickenlooper to Sign Civil Unions Bill Into Law on Thursday

On Thursday, March 21 at 3:00 PM, Governor John Hickenlooper will sign the Colorado Civil Union Act into law. All are welcome to attend this historic event. Colorado Civil Union Act – Bill Signing History Colorado 1200 Broadway, Denver Thursday, March 21 at 3:00 PM Reception hosted by One Colorado to follow. This victory would notRead more >>

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Bill to Include LGBT Coloradans in Health Data Collection

Governor Hickenlooper has signed HB13-1088, which broadens the data being collected on health needs of Coloradans to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, as well as other important factors including disability, age and income. The bill also renames the Office of Health Disparities to the Office of Health Equity. In Colorado, the rateRead more >>

One Colorado Education Fund Releases Guide for Working with Transgender Students

One Colorado Education Fund is proud to release “Guidance for Educators Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students.” Written in collaboration with the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), and the Colorado Education Association (CEA), this document provides practical guidance and resources to school districts, educators, and schoolRead more >>