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Happy Fourth of July! As you celebrate our Independence Day, make sure you keep your #MasksOnCO and practice social distancing! 
Information and Upcoming Events
Initiative 271
 

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled against a recent executive order from Gov. Polis that would have allowed voters to add their signature from home. Which has rendered many signatures invalid. 

If you have signed a single-line petition for Initiative 271, that signature will not be considered valid, and you will need to sign a traditional petition.

The Supreme Court's ruling hasn't changed the fact that Colorado still needs a fair tax code if we're going to recover from this unprecedented health crisis. If we don't pass a fair tax in November, schools may be forced to lay off thousands of teachers, districts will be forced to close some schools permanently, and entire districts might shut down as a result of some of the deepest budget cuts we've ever seen.

A fair tax is about our schools, students, educators, and parents, but it's about even more than that. Budget cuts will go way beyond closing schools and laying off teachers. Everything we count on to make our communities places we want to live is at stake unless we act. Initiative 271 can be a lifeline for our communities.

A fair tax is also about equity. Families who earn low and moderate incomes – who are also disproportionately more likely to be Black and Latinx – are currently paying a bigger share of their income than the top 5% – who are disproportionately more likely to be white. A fair tax code isn't just about more resources for our communities, it's also about ending the systemic racism in our tax code.

There's some good news too: Thousands of valid signatures, have already been gathered and voters agree that increasing taxes on the wealthiest 5% is preferable to budget cuts. But voters won't get to approve a fair tax unless we can get Initiative 271 on the ballot.

To learn more about Initiative 271 click here

 

Medicaid Enrollment

As Coloradans struggle with record unemployment in the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing is working to help keep Coloradans covered. The Department’s programs, including Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), covered nearly one in four Coloradans before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Department anticipates as many as 500,000 more Coloradans will become Health First Colorado or CHP+ members before the end of the year.  


During this pandemic -- which is creating both health risk and increased stress and anxiety -- it is especially important for all Coloradans to have health care coverage. 


“This is not a time for people to be uninsured and  Coloradans who’ve lost their health insurance should give Health First Colorado and CHP+ a hard look. Should adults or children become ill or injured, our programs will provide individuals and families peace of mind during this difficult time knowing their health coverage needs can be met,” said Kim Bimestefer, HCPF executive director. 


If you or your loved ones need health coverage, you may qualify for Health First Colorado or CHP+.  Visit CO.gov/PEAK to see if you qualify. There is no enrollment period, so you can apply any time apply online any time -- about 75 percent of people who apply online find out immediately if their coverage is approved. You can also apply by phone, mail, or at county offices. Visit  CO.gov/hcpf/how-to-apply  for more information.  



Connect for Health Colorado

If you don’t qualify for Health First Colorado or CHP+, you may qualify for financial help to purchase private health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, which is Colorado’s individual and family marketplace exchange.  


Connect for Health Colorado is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of private health insurance. The financial help you can get to lower your monthly payment is called a Premium Tax Credit.   Information about financial assistance, discounts, and tools to help you estimate savings are available at  Connectforhealthco.com/financial-help. To learn more or  to  apply for private health insurance, visit Connectforhealthco.com  or call  855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749) or  TTY 855-346-3432.  

Denver Parks and Rec
 
Did you know that Denver Parks & Recreation has its own YouTube channel? Check it out here. The page includes workouts, science and art activities, tips for outdoor recreation and much more! 
 

BOTANIC GARDENS
The Gardens are open! Tickets will be available two weeks at a time.
HOURS OF OPENING
York Street Location
Daily: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Chatfield Farms

Daily: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Denver Botanic Gardens York Street is open with limited capacity and timed tickets. Tickets will not be available onsite. Member fob access at Cheesman Gate remains closed at this time. For more information, visit: https://www.botanicgardens.org/
 
MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE
The Museum will reopen on June 22, 2020 to members and June 23, 2020 to the public. 
HOURS OF OPENING

June 22nd
Special Member Hours | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

June 23rd - July 3rd
Members | Daily 8:00 AM - 10 AM
General Public | Saturday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 5 PM & Friday 10:00 AM - 9 PM
Guest are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online where they will receive a special $2 discount per ticket. . For more information, visit: https://www.dmns.org/
ART MUSEUM
Unfortunately the Art Museum is still closed, but check out the virtual tours!
Denver Public Art Offers Virtual Tours

Access the city’s public art collection from the comfort of your own home or mobile device. Take a virtual tour of art around the city - from the Golden Triangle and Civic Center Park, to animal collections and art that celebrates African American history. Visit the 
Denver Public Art website and take a virtual spin around our art-filled city.
CITY ZOO
The Zoo is open! Doors will remain open through June 30th.
HOURS OF OPENING

Now - June 30th
Daily: 8:30 AM - 7 PM
New Changes: Touchless ticketing. All tickets must be purchased online at DenverZoo.org. Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the Denver Zoo. Online tickets are required for all guests including members and children two and under. Entries will be limited and staggered. For more information: https://denverzoo.org/
Have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!
Please feel free to reach out to my office via e-mail at susan.lontine.hd1@gmail.com for any concerns or if you know of resources that can help out your community. 
Be well.
Sincerely,
Susan

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