HB1232 - Standardized Health Benefit Plan
"Colorado Option"

URGENT: Contact your State Representative today and ask them to oppose HB1232. This bill seeks to mandate physician participation in the Colorado Option and set reimbursement rates.

Find Your Representative Here: https://leg.colorado.gov/find-my-legislator

What action has CMS taken and what's next?
The Colorado Medical Society is strongly opposed to HB21-1232 Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option. This position by your CMS Board of Directors was informed by feedback from members like you, along with:

  • comparison to our existing policies on key tenets of the bill
  • a formal survey of Colorado physicians - survey summary
  • collaboration with the other physician organizations that comprise the Colorado House of Medicine
  • multiple rounds of committee analysis and deliberations from the Council on Legislation and Committee on Health Care Value.

CMS worked to negotiate with bill proponents - acknowledging the very real issue of access to affordable, quality health care this bill is attempting to address. However, as written, HB1232 is not the answer and CMS' recommendations and amendments have been rejected.

The bill is scheduled for a vote by the Colorado House of Representatives tomorrow, April 6, and we need your help! Tell your legislator it is the wrong prescription for Colorado.

What do I say when I call or write my Representative?

It is critical that you maintain a very professional, patient-centered tone.

Introduce yourself as a physician, member of the Colorado Medical Society, and a constituent in their district.

Identify that you are calling to share concerns about HB21-1232 Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option.

Emphasize the following key points:

  • We agree that health care costs are too high and must be reduced, however, as written, this bill will do harm to the health care system and patients.
  • No commercial, state or federal health benefit plan requires mandatory participation. This bill is an unprecedented, illegal step too far. Coercion of burned-out and demoralized physicians who have been on the frontlines of a pandemic for over a year won't make a health care system that is sustainable.
  • Health plans will hold all of the power - at the expense of community physicians and the patients we serve. The bill provides even more leverage to highly profitable health plans to only offer take-it-or-leave-it contracts to physicians. Under this bill corporate executives and shareholders will continue to profit at the expense of physicians and patients.
  • As written, the bill only focuses on slashing costs. The promotion of prevention and providing high-value, innovative care are barely after-thoughts in the bill.
  • Health care workforce shortages in Colorado are real, especially in rural and underserved communities. Mandatory participation in the public option will drive physicians away and make the task of recruiting and retaining physicians even more difficult.
  • Share a personal story about the importance of reducing health care costs in a way that prioritizes high-quality care, streamlines administrative burdens, and will not drive physicians out of Colorado.
  • Ask them to vote NO on HB21-1232 Colorado Option on the House floor.
  • Thank your legislator for their time and reiterate your concern with this legislation.

Your voice is critical. Be sure to copy us on your email communications by including president@cms.org so that we know where they stand on the bill, questions they raised, and any other observations. That information is essential for future CMS advocacy work on this bill.

Join us as we speak in defense of the practice of medicine and patient safety.
Thank you,

Sami Diab, MD
Colorado Medical Society

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