HB1232 - Standardized Health Benefit Plan
> Physician CALL TO ACTION <
Contact your Senator TODAY and Meet us at the Capitol on Monday
LAST CHANCE: Contact your Senator before 10am Monday!!
HB 21-1232, the Colorado Option has now advanced all the way to the Senate floor.
Senators are bowing to political pressure and need to see that physicians are:
- Against mandatory participation
- Against unsustainable rate-setting
- Against the outdated fee-for-service model of care
Please urge your Senator to vote for an amendment to remove mandatory physician participation or have them vote NO on HB21-1232. See talking-points below.
Grab a colleague and meet us at the Capitol!
Where to meet: Meet at 1410 Grant Street, Denver we will walk across to the Capitol building together.
When to meet: Monday, May 24 at 9:00 a.m.
What to wear: White Coats, name tag if you have one; CMS member lapel pins will be available
Who to contact: If you have questions - text (303) 828-7562 or email us
You will not be expected to offer public statement/comments. This is a intended to be a demonstration by physicians that we care about the future of medicine in our state. We believe costs are too high but HB21-1232 in its current form is NOT the answer.
What do I say when I call my Senator?
- 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 harm 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 or YES to an amendment that removes mandatory physician participation
- Thank your legislator for their time and reiterate your concern with this legislation.
Highly visible opposition from physicians is the only chance we have to stop this bill from passing in its current form. Please join us at the Capitol on Monday.
Sami Diab, MD
Colorado Medical Society