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Report by Representative John Kefalas (House District 52

John Kefalas Report by Representative John Kefalas (House District 52April 15, 2010

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

In response to issues raised about the Department of Human Services child fatality reviews, the Legislature established the Joint Select Committee on Child Welfare. I have been appointed Vice-Chair, and this six-member, bi-partisan committee will meet the next two Fridays, April 16 and 23, in SCR 356, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. This Friday’s agenda includes: a) An Overview of the Colorado Child Welfare System and an Update on Reform, b) Child Welfare Action Committee Recommendations, c) Challenges Identified by Child Welfare Advocates, and d) Public Testimony.  For more information regarding the committee hearings go to: Joint Select Committee on Child Welfare.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Community Conversation is this Saturday, 4/17, 9:00 AM -10:30 at the DazBog Coffee Shop, Cherry & Mason Street, FC. Join me for informal conversation about what’s on your mind.

Community Issue Forum (How Healthy is Colorado & What National Health Care Reform Means for Our State?) is Saturday, 4/24, 10:00 AM – 11:30, Fort Collins Main Library, 201 Peterson Street.  Please join me, Rep. Randy Fischer, Sen. Bob Bacon and our two presenters, Caren Henderson, Colorado Health Foundation Communications Director and Joan Henneberry, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, Executive Director. These presenters will focus on two health care-related areas and their intersection – the 2009 Colorado Health Report Card, released by the Colorado Health Foundation, which tracks the health status of Coloradans in five different life stages, and the national health care reform package. There will be an overview of the new law, the timeline for changes to take effect and what this reform means for Colorado.

USEFUL INFORMATION & RESOURCES
The Safe Haven Law- The Safe Haven Law allows a parent to hand over an unharmed infant up to 72 hours old to an employee at a fire station or hospital with no questions asked. Safe Haven Laws have existed since 2000; yet about 100 infants are found abandoned each year. Tell a friend, it might save a life. For more information, visit www.ColoradoSafeHaven.org.

The Colorado Division of Insurance- (DOI) has educational brochures available to help consumers become more informed about the insurance they purchase. There are 11 brochures and informative materials available as at www.dora.state.co.us/insurance/consumerbrochures.

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