Colorado Affordable Health Care Option bill

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

We are about halfway through the legislative session this year, and we are seeing a lot of activity in health policy.

House Bill 1349, the Colorado Affordable Health Care Option bill, was released yesterday. If enacted, the bill would a state option on our Marketplace. I issued a statement about the bill and our staff and board will take some time to review the language.

As a reminder, we have taken a position of support on two bills during this session. House Bill 1008, the Health Care Cost Sharing Consumer Protections Bill will cut down on confusion and reduce the risk of customers accidentally going without comprehensive health coverage. House Bill 1236, known as “Easy Enrollment,” would allow Coloradans to mark on their state tax return that they are uninsured and opt-in for their information to be shared with Connect for Health Colorado, so we can see if they qualify for financial help or Health First Colorado (Medicaid).

Connect for Health signed on to a letter with other state-based marketplaces as well submitting a comment letter of our own to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters. I believe these comments send a clear message about the importance of these issues in delivering our services to customers.

In the News

The Colorado Sun and 9News covered the HB-1349 release and explain in more detail about state option would work.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado