Moving Forward After Busy Legislative Session

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

Whew! What a ride that legislative session was! Our policymakers passed many bills concerning health policies that we monitored, and now that the session is over, our involvement in advancing this work is ramping up.

Specifically, Connect for Health Colorado was named as a stakeholder in House Bill 1004, in which a proposal will be developed about the design, costs, benefits and implementation of a state option for healthcare coverage. We were also named as a task force member for House Bill 1176. The bill calls for formation of a task force to review various healthcare financing systems and to determine the best option for Colorado.

We are eager to be a part of these discussions. Both initiatives have potential to save Coloradans money on healthcare, as well as help us advance our mission to increase access, affordability and choice for individuals purchasing health insurance in Colorado. I look forward to seeing some of the readers of this newsletter join the conversation.

As a result of our increased involvement in the health policy arena, we created a new leadership position at Connect for Health, the Chief Policy and Relationships Officer. This position will contribute to our strategic direction and fulfillment of our mission. Please spread the word to qualified candidates.

In the News

The Colorado Sun summarizes the outcome of the legislative session and some health bills, while the Colorado Health Institute includes a few of the important health bills accomplished the last week of the session.

Take care,

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