Statement regarding Colorado’s Final Report to create a State Option for Health Care.
Washington, D.C. — Today, United States of Care (USofCare) issued the following statement about Colorado’s final report to create a state option for health coverage. The recommendations are the result of HB19-1004, a bipartisan bill that passed earlier this year requiring two state agencies to develop a proposal to create a state health care coverage option.
The state option will leverage existing infrastructure, including its marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Through this option, consumers are expected to save an estimated 10% in premiums and will have access to more services before they meet their deductible. The plan will be available to consumers in 2022. The final proposal reflects perspectives gathered through public comments and stakeholder meetings held throughout the state during the drafting process.
“While we know that this process is challenging, we appreciate and applaud every consumer, stakeholder, and policymaker who engaged in this process. We are excited by the final report. This plan reflects a thoughtful, sustainable approach to provide real relief to Coloradans.” said Joanna Dornfeld, Senior Director of State Affairs.
USofCare also submitted formal comments to Gov. Jared Polis prior to the release of the proposal highlighting USofCare’s public opinion research on Colorado consumers’ unique health care needs and challenges. The qualitative research highlights concerns from everyday Coloradans who are seeking help to access affordable health care.
Revisit their blog on the draft proposal, which was released in October, and their public opinion findings that helped inform the draft proposal here.