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March 6, 2022

Our next CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting is on Monday, March 7, 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.

We have been asked to discuss HB22-1278 Behavioral Health Administration. We will have a discussion about this bill at Monday’s Meeting.

HB22-1278 will dramatically change how the state oversees and manages behavioral health programs. Currently, behavioral health programs and services are supervised by the office of behavioral health in the Department of Human Services.

Learn more about HB22-1278 - CLICK HERE

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 3-3-2022 - CLICK HERE

Zoom Link

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

Topic: CCA: Advocacy Committee Meeting

Time: March 7, 2022 - 9:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 896 1597 2066

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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

Vacancy on CCA Board

The Colorado Center for Aging is dependent on volunteers, which includes our Board of Directors, to ensure we are successful at our mission of educating and advocating for older Coloradans. CCA’s board is an active collegial group of individuals committed to providing an advocacy platform for the issues most impacting the wellbeing of older Coloradans.


We are seeking to fill a vacancy on our Board of Directors and are particularly interested in candidates with any of the following areas of expertise: financial, banking, accounting and fundraising.


If you are interested in applying or knowing more about CCA’s Board of Directors, please reach out to Kelly Roberts, Vice President of Colorado Center for Aging at

Interesting Articles Focused on Advocacy Issues

Policy Education advocating for stronger workplace age discrimination laws

In Colorado, CTN volunteers are part of a multi-agency collaborative seeking to strengthen the state’s workplace age discrimination laws and to eliminate graduation dates and other age-identifiers from job applications. We are educating people about the need for two pieces of national legislation that were passed in the House on a bipartisan basis and are now in front of a Senate Committee.

LEARN MORE - Protect Older Job Applicants Act

LEARN MORE - Protect Older Workers Against Discrimination Act


Depression is Never Inevitable

"Yes, it's challenging to grow older. Yes, the isolation brought on by COVID has been tough on older adults, many of whom were separated from their adult children and grandchildren for months, a year, or more. Yes, it is upsetting to watch one's body age and no longer be able to perform the same skills it did so easily during youth. And, yes, it can be devastating to suffer the loss of a loved one ..." READ MORE


Governor says vaccinated Coloradans can “live your normal pre-pandemic life” as state unveils plan for COVID’s forever presence

"Gov. Jared Polis and his public health team on Friday unveiled Colorado’s plan to deal with the ongoing presence of COVID-19 in the state, including by shifting coronavirus care to traditional medical settings ..." READ MORE


The Dilemma of Disability Designations

"Personal memories start me down this road to write about the emotional ramifications of disability labels and associated stigmas. As a parent, I will never forget when my son was in his mid-twenties, standing outside a bagel store talking to himself, his arms rocking by his side. I had gone into the store and heard the employees talking about my son, saying he looked 'crazy.' They were afraid he would come into the store ..."



Justice Department Finds that Colorado Violates the

Americans with Disabilities Act

"The Colorado Department of Healthcare and Financing learned that after a multi-year investigation, the Justice Department has concluded that Colorado is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., for unnecessarily segregating people with physical disabilities

in nursing facilities ..." READ MORE


Palliative Care is Not Just for the Dying

"Palliative care can provide relief to people with severe, but not necessarily life-ending, health conditions. But often patients — and their doctors — don't realize they can take advantage of a team-based treatment approach that may include social workers and community support ..." 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

Through March 23, 2022

Buried In Treasures Workshop Series

Join us for a 16-week course to help improve your life and create more living space for you and your family. This group meets once per week for 2-hours and offers a supportive environment for people ready to make a change in their life. This group is for adults age 60+ living in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties through funding support from DRCOG and Next50 Initiative. For more information or to make a referral, please contact Jordan at 866-217-5808 or email

View Event Flyer - CLICK HERE


March 7, 2022 - Monday, 9:30AM - 11:30AM

CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting

On Monday, March 7th the CCA Advocacy Committee will meet. Our CCA Advocacy Committee Meeting eNewsletter with agenda is sent out on the Sunday before a Monday morning meeting. We will be meeting every Monday until the session ends. Sometimes meetings are cancelled due to a Federal Holiday - LEARN MORE

March 7 - 11, 2022

National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a time to help people understand their consumer rights and avoid frauds and scams. Please join our public NCPW events — and share with your friends, families, and communities.

National Consumer Protection Week | FTC Consumer Information

March 8, 2022 - Tuesday 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Consumer Protection & Office of Financial Empowerment


Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Campus Creative Commons 

100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs 80903

Join us this day along with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, District Attorney Michael Allen, local law enforcement, military, and community leaders for a town hall discussion on consumer protection topics in El Paso County. In honor of NCPW, the community forum will highlight trends, recent developments, resources and priorities in the consumer protection mission in southern Colorado. The event is free and open to the public. 

March 10, 2022, Thursday - 2:30PM - 4:00PM EST (12:30PM - 2PM MST)

First 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

March 18, 2022 - Friday - 10:30AM -11:30AM

911 Emergency Response System Webinar

Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (CCDC), along with several partner organizations from the disability community, have been working with the Colorado Department of Public Safety to improve how emergency responders interact with people who have disabilities. A current problem is how to improve 911 dispatch services for callers whose communication is affected by a disability. During the meeting, the Colorado Department of Public Safety will be giving a demo of a new emergency response system that is being developed, and we need our community members to learn about this new system and offer their feedback to ensure that the system works for people with disabilities. 

Zoom Link - or join by phone at by calling


Enter Meeting ID 989 794 7137

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:

  • 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.

Click here to register:

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 - 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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