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Stakeholders weigh in on Colorado's prospective Rx affordability board

| May 11, 2021 | Colorado

Colorado’s bill to create an affordability board to reduce the price of prescription drugs passed the Senate with a 19-16 vote last week after contentious debate in the chamber.  The bill’s supporters -- including most state Democrats and state entities like the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Mental Health Colorado CEO Vincent Atchity

| May 10, 2021 | Colorado

As the president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, Vincent Atchity has firsthand experience with Colorado’s unique mental health needs. The state has repeatedly ranked among the lowest in the country for mental illness prevalence and suicide rates. Needless to say, the arrival of COVID-19 added a whole new layer...[ Read More ]

Health funding in Colorado's pending FY 2021-2022 budget

| May 4, 2021 | Colorado

The $34.1 billion Colorado state budget -- or “Long Bill” -- for FY 2021-2022 currently awaits a signature from Gov. Jared Polis after passing both chambers of the Legislature last week. As Colorado waits to see if Polis will make changes or sign the bill in its current state, here...[ Read More ]

Colorado greenlights initiative to expand Rx importation outside of Canada

| Apr 30, 2021 | Colorado

Governor Jared Polis signed a bill to take the next step in Colorado’s pursuit of importing cheaper prescription drugs on Monday. The state is now permitted to transport prescription drugs from countries besides Canada, pending federal approval. Polis signed the bill concurrently with several others that aim to reduce increasing...[ Read More ]

No more "public option" for Colorado

| Apr 27, 2021 | Colorado

Following two weeks of inaction, Rep. Dylan Roberts re-introduced his Colorado Option bill to the House Health and Insurance Committee on Tuesday -- with a new amendment that eliminates the “public option” provision of the bill entirely. Committee members adopted the amendment and passed HB 21-1232 with an 8-5 vote,...[ Read More ]

Colorado Hospital Association moves to neutral on proposed amended public option legislation

| Apr 26, 2021 | Colorado

This morning, the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees voted to move to neutral on House Bill (HB) 21-1232, the proposed state public option, if it is amended as agreed upon with the bill sponsors. “CHA and Colorado hospitals and health systems remain committed to improving access to high-quality,...[ Read More ]

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