Leaders from the Colorado Division of Insurance and Department of Health Care Policy and Financing have held a series of stakeholders meetings around the state to discuss a state option for health care coverage as envisioned by House Bill 19-1004.
The law requires the Polis Administration to develop and submit a proposal to the General Assembly by Nov. 15 concerning the design, costs, benefits and implementation of a state option for health care coverage. DOI and HCPF aim to release a draft report on Sept. 30, collect public comments through Oct. 15 and send the final plan to the legislature on Nov. 15.
During each meeting, most facilitated by HCPF Executive Director Kim Bimestefer and DOI Commissioner Michael Conway, the speakers present an overview of the legislative requirements for the proposal and gathering public feedback on three main topics.
- The eligibility and population for whom the state option may be available
- Affordability considerations (and what that means and how it’s defined)
- What the existing state health infrastructure means to different stakeholders
Meetings have already been held with physicians at CMS headquarters (July 23), and with the general public in Keystone (July 27), Pueblo (Aug. 8) and Alamosa (Aug. 9). Remaining public meetings will be held in Grand Junction (Aug. 14), Glenwood Springs (Aug. 15) and Durango (Aug. 27).
CMS submitted preliminary comments to the state at their meeting in Keystone and will continue to stay engaged on this issue, standing ready to oppose reimbursement limits, scope of practice expansion and required participation in plans with historically terrible reimbursements. Stay tuned.