Gov. Jared Polis unveiled the Polis-Primavera Roadmap to Saving Coloradans Money on Health Care on Thursday, April 4. This roadmap outlines short and long-term action steps that will begin to reduce patient costs and improve the health care system overall.
“Health care costs too much,” Gov. Polis said at a press conference. “No Coloradan should have to go without care because they can’t afford it. This roadmap will be our guide to saving people money on healthcare and ensuring better access to affordable care for everyone in our state.”
His action steps include the following.
- Increase hospital price transparency
- Establish a reinsurance pool to reduce premiums
- Negotiate to drive down the cost of health insurance
- Lower hospital prices
- Reduce out-of-pocket costs
- Lower the cost of prescription drugs
- Launch a state-backed Health Insurance Option
- Reward preventive and primary care
- Expand the health care workforce
- Increase access to healthy food
- Improve vaccination rates
- Reform the behavioral health system
- Support innovative health care delivery and reform models
"We are taking a two-tiered approach to reducing patient costs and investing in long-lasting changes that will improve the health system overall," Polis and Primavera state in the roadmap. "In the short term, we are taking concrete steps to lower the cost of health insurance and out-of-pocket costs. In the longer term, we are making investments in preventive care, expanding access to comprehensive primary and behavioral health services, and helping providers use data more effectively to ensure Coloradans get the care they need when and where they need it."
Read the announcement and get the link to the full roadmap here.