Colorado Lawmakers Shelve Public Option…For Now

Colorado Lawmakers Shelve Public Option…For Now

May 4, 2020

Democrat sponsors of legislation to create a state public option for health insurance have dropped their attempt for the 2020 legislative session (which is scheduled to resume May 18).

Colorado lawmakers won’t vote this year on a controversial bill to create a hybrid public option health insurance program, bill sponsors announced Monday.

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The legislation, or at least the concept, was backed by Governor Polis and would force Colorado hospitals to participate while a state agency would determine hospital reimbursement rates.

The Colorado Hospital Association thanked the bill’s sponsors in a statement Monday afternoon for withdrawing the bill, citing the effects of the pandemic on the state’s health care system.

“This public health crisis has changed many things for Coloradans personally, for our health
care system and for our state,” said Chris Tholen, CHA president and CEO. “It has illustrated the critical role that hospitals play to serve their communities, respond to crises and protect the health of our state. It has also demonstrated how crucial it is to support our health care infrastructure – including protecting our front-line workers and facilities that are essential to pandemic response.”

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For more information on how this plan would impact Colorado, check out this study by Common Sense Policy Roundtable.

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