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Colorado health chairs reflect on most notable accomplishments this session

| Jun 4, 2021 | Colorado

Despite having one week left before the end of session, Colorado health policy-focused lawmakers already have a slew of significant accomplishments under their belts.  According to Democratic Reps. Susan Lontine and Dafna Michaelson Jenet -- chairs of this session’s House Health and Insurance and Public and Behavioral Health committees, respectively...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rocky Mountain Health Plans CEO Patrick Gordon on reinsurance, health equity, and more

| Jun 3, 2021 | Colorado

Patrick Gordon is the president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP), a Colorado subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. RMHP has operated in Colorado for nearly 50 years and consists of 255,110 enrollees and 21,506 providers. In this Q&A with State of Reform, Gordon shared RMHP’s perspective on issues including the...[ Read More ]

CDHS awards seven community grantees through the Colorado Fatherhood Program

| May 28, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services announced today that seven community sites across Colorado have been selected to provide services to fathers with funding support from a $7.5 million grant. The grant funding created the five-year Colorado Fatherhood Program, which seeks to support fathers to sustain healthy relationships, reinforce responsible...[ Read More ]

Bills to improve long-term care signed into law

| May 28, 2021 | Colorado

Today, Governor Polis signed into law the third of three bills this legislative session aimed at improving how Colorado administers and delivers long-term care services and supports to members enrolled in Colorado Medicaid. Today’s bill signing for HB21-1227 authorizes the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (the Department) to develop clear...[ Read More ]

Colorado Senate rejects amendment to sunset Colorado Option bill

| May 26, 2021 | Colorado

Hours into the Colorado Senate’s Tuesday debate of HB 21-1232 -- the Colorado Option bill that would require health plans to offer an affordable standardized plan in the state -- senators voted against an amendment that would have repealed the bill after ten years.  The amendment’s introduction prompted a debate...[ Read More ]

Op-ed: The Billion Dollar Idea

| May 21, 2021 | Colorado

J.P Wieske is the executive director of the Health Benefits Institute. He formerly served as the deputy commissioner of insurance in Wisconsin. In this op-ed, he draws on his considerable experience as a health care executive to provide his perspective on HB 21-1232. the "Colorado Option" bill currently in the...[ Read More ]

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