Five years of high unemployment have driven another 216,000 Coloradans into such dire straits that they qualify for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.
That jump – to a total of 608,000 people in major financial trouble – has cost Colorado’s budget an extra $1.4 billion since 2007. The continuing rise in the cost of Medicaid is the main reason the governor proposed cutting school funding again this year.
In an attempt to put her gratitude for the Food Bank for Larimer County into words, Kitt Caylor gathers her thoughts. Caylor started using the Food Bank in 2004 after a run-in with the West Nile virus that left her ill for three years.
On a windy day in November, Kitt Caylor sits at her favorite bookstore, Anthology, sipping on a cup of coffee. She looks like any other 69-year-old woman.