Gov Affairs 2019 Priorities Preview GOVT-160148057-2019-01-Gov Affairs 2019 Priorities - Page 4

2019 2019 POLICY POLICY AND AND ADVOCACY ADVOCACY PRIORITIES PRIORITIES CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COLORADO What to Expect in 2019 After the 2018 midterm elections, the makeup of the state and federal legislature has shifted in ways that will influence how public policy moves forward. This document outlines the priorities Children’s Hospital Colorado will focus on in 2019, in Colorado and in Washington, D.C., through legislative and regulatory policy, and across all our advocacy work. In Colorado, Democrats gained control of the state Senate and kept control of the state House. Voters elected Democrat Jared Polis as the new governor, and Democrats also won the statewide offices of Attorney General, State Treasurer and Secretary of State. At the federal level, control of Congress is now split. While Democrats gained control of the U.S. House, Republicans added to their majority in the U.S. Senate. Our top priorities in 2019 are to make the behavioral health system more accountable for Colorado’s kids, protect and expand healthcare coverage and access for all children, prohibit e-cigarette use in public places, advance healthy eating and active living and grow the ranks of advocates who speak up for child health. These priorities were selected using a combination of the following criteria: 1. The policy or advocacy activity falls within a priority area determined by the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment—early childhood, behavioral health, healthy eating and active living, respiratory health, injury prevention—or the activity is related to our ongoing priority areas of coverage and access, workforce development or enhancing clinical operations. 2. The policy or advocacy activity will make a meaningful difference for kids’ health. 3. Children’s Colorado has an opportunity to proactively pursue the activity by serving as either the lead organization or a key member of the coalition, with a reasonable chance of success. 4. It’s a conversation that would benefit from Children’s Colorado’s unique voice as an advocate and a healthcare provider for children. The year ahead has many changes in store at the state and federal level. We look forward to continuing our mission of improving the health of children by building on new and existing partnerships, engaging our team members, activating our advocacy network and giving a voice to Colorado kids and families.   4 5