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We Care Health Fair to help CCCS adjunct faculty get health care

August 26, 2014

The American Association of University Professors has partnered with Colorado Connect for Health to host convenient, on-campus workshops for adjunct faculty to secure free or low-cost health care. The FRCC We Care Health Fair will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 26, in Room C0402 on the Front Range Community College (FRCC) Westminster Campus, 3645 W. 112th Ave.

Following a brief overview of available programs, staffers from Colorado Connect for Health will help each attendee personally through the process of signing up for either Medicaid, for subsidized health coverage, or for making adjustment to their current coverage. They will have on hand several laptops to help participants. Attendees should bring along their 2013 income tax filings, two recent pay stubs, a recent house payment coupon (if a homeowner) and their driver’s licenses.

Approximately 85% of all courses at FRCC are taught by adjunct faculty who earn poverty-level wages. Many of those 1,200 teachers qualify for either free health care under Medicaid or low-cost, taxpayer-subsidized health care. The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) took further measures in June to avoid compliance under the Affordable Care Act. Those measures (fewer courses to teach, elimination of office hours on course syllabi) necessitate that most adjunct faculty adjust their already low incomes to levels even lower.

For further information, contact Suzanne Hudson, Secretary-Treasurer, AAUP Colo. Conf. at: Suzanne.hudson@colo.edu or Caprice Lawless, FRCC AAUP Chapter President, at: frccaaupchapter@gmail.coom

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