Inside Colorado’s final proposal for a state public option

Colorado officials on Friday released their final proposal for a state public health insurance option, but the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is raising concerns.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) in May signed into law a bill (HB19-1004) that directed state officials to create a public health insurance option. Under the bill, the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and Department of Regulatory Agencies developed a plan to create a public health insurance option. The bill gave the departments until November to submit the plan, which would “assess costs, funding sources, necessary federal permissions and funding, consumer eligibility, and who in government would run the program.”

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