Repeal Talk Ratchets Up Uncertainty in Health Care Law

Attorneys are watching ACA and state exchange debates to help clients navigate potential changes.

With the exception of last year, Colorado’s Republican state lawmakers have introduced a bill to repeal the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act every session since its inception.

But last week was the first time a bill to scrap Connect for Health Colorado made it out of committee.

While Senate Bill 3’s survival thereafter is uncertain, the renewed push to overhaul health care markets and regulations — both at the federal and state level — give health care organizations and their legal counsel the sense that perhaps change is imminent.

The Senate Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 3 unamended on Tuesday in a 3-2 party line vote, with Democrats against. The bill proceeds to the Senate Appropriations before reaching a Senate floor vote.

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