Denver, Colorado 2021-06-08 10:11:55 –
A Colorado bill aimed at reducing the cost of health insurance will pass through the Colorado General Assembly and be sent to the governor. The governor has shown that it is a top priority for his office.
HB21-1232 The full public option, the state was supposed to offer an insurance plan, was frustrated during the negotiations. The Colorado House, which received final approval on Monday night, has undergone some changes.
Under the bill, the state Insurance Company Offers Colorado Health Insurance Option By January 1, 2023, in all 64 counties. It will be available in the individual and small group markets, which cover approximately 15% of Colorado’s population, and by 2025, its premiums will be insured by the insurer in 2021 (medical inflation adjusted). Should be 15% less than). It also benchmarks the types of care covered by the plan, including pediatric care and other basic benefits.
Bill sponsors hope that this measure will allow uninsured people to buy insurance.
“In the end, we created the’Colorado Option’, which means it will be available to all Colorados who want to buy it, and will be of high quality at an affordable price.” Avon Democrat Dylan Roberts said above. “And we’re no longer just about what insurers want to offer and where they want to offer it, but we realize that every resident of Colorado is worth access to an affordable insurance plan.”
Medical lobbyists have spent record amounts of money against the bill, saying cost savings will have a financial impact on the industry, especially small hospitals. Congressmen and the Colorado Hospital Association and the Colorado Medical Association Negotiations with representatives of the medical industry, such as, were fairly constant during the legislative session.
One of the sponsors’ abandons was the provision to fine health care providers for failing to accept the plan.
The Colorado Health Insurance Association, which represents insurers, is still opposed to the bill, saying there is no research or evidence to support its premium reduction goals. Secretary-General Amanda Massy said in a statement that the group said, “This He said he would discuss with lawmakers when the policy failed.
“The government cannot demand high benefits for health insurance, higher reimbursement rates to hospitals, no participation of health care providers, or at the same time lower health insurance rates.”
Republicans also argued that the bill involved the government too much in health care. Parker’s Senator Jim Smallwood called it a step towards free health care offered by the government.
“At this point, I think the various pricing bills for hospitals are really political moves at this point, rather than substantive moves,” he said.
However, the Colorado Alliance for Healthcare Options upheld the bill, and Health Progress Policy Manager Lanya Hetrazi called it “black and brown communities, rural people in Colorado, small businesses, and much more” in a statement. Called “Victory for People”. Provides health insurance and care. “
In the way Colorado’s Democrats wanted, only Washington passed public and private health insurance plans, but it wasn’t available throughout Washington.
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