CEO Blog: Progressing Toward OE5

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

It was good to meet with many of you at the Building Better Health conference Monday and Tuesday. We’re always grateful for the chance to meet folks from all around the state who do so much toward our shared mission to expand coverage.

We thank the Colorado Health Foundation for its continuing support of an event that is critical in preparing for Open Enrollment and salute the work that Covering Kids and Family did in organizing the gathering that brought so many valuable resources together.

It seemed appropriate that this year’s conference came close on the heels of the release of the Colorado Health Access Survey, which documents the state’s historic gains in coverage – more than 5 million Coloradans now protected by health insurance. That’s a milestone to be proud of.

In Other News

A few news outlets are reporting today that backers of the bipartisan market stabilization effort in the U.S. Senate are nearing agreement. According to this Politico report, the committee could have a proposal to bring forward as early as next week.

The news comes days after party leaders in the Senate decided they did not have sufficient support for the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill to put it up for a vote.

Authorization for funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHP+ in Colorado, runs out tomorrow (September 30) but Colorado and most other states have some funds available to continue the program in the short term. The good news is that a hearing on re-authorizing is planned on Wednesday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to this account in The Hill.

Take care,


Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
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