The Colorado Legislature adjourned its 74th General Assembly on Monday in what lawmakers are describing as a progressive session for healthcare reform.      The legislature approved appropriations of $15.5 billion ($4.5 billion from general fund) to the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), $2.3 billion ($1 billion from general fund) to the … Read more

With Colorado’s 2023 legislative session beginning last month, Reporter Boram Kim has been monitoring the first health bills being taken up by lawmakers, some of which are described below. In our first Colorado newsletter of 2023, we also feature a conversation with Rep. Matt Soper about what he hopes is accomplished this session, information about the Behavioral … Read more

It was such a thrill to see so many of you at last month’s 2022 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference! Thanks to all who participated and helped make it a wonderful event. Our Digital Media Specialist Alex Nelson made a wonderful “What You Missed” video that captures the sights and sounds of the memorable day—check … Read more

We closed out last month’s 2022 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference with an informative presentation about one of Colorado’s most ambitious, widescale health policy pursuits: the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). We were so grateful to welcome Morgan Medlock, MD, the state’s first BHA Commissioner, for our Closing Keynote.     Officially operationalized earlier … Read more

The Colorado Legislature is set to adjourn on Wednesday after a busy session largely focused on the development of the Behavioral Health Administration, health care support for older Coloradans, and health care billing and payment reform. See our coverage of some of this legislation, as well as an insightful conversation with incoming BHA Commissioner Dr. Morgan … Read more

The Colorado Legislature introduced a bill on Wednesday that would officially create the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). House Bill 1278 codifies the rules of the administration in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to, “increase efficiency, transparency, and ease of access for behavioral health services,” said Michelle Barnes, executive director of CDHS.  On Friday … Read more

The stakeholder input being incorporated into Colorado’s in-development Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) is “massive” and “unprecedented,” according to Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Under HB 21-1097 — signed in April by Gov. Jared Polis — Barnes’ department is responsible for implementing the BHA. Barnes described the rigorous stakeholder … Read more