Heath care is anticipated to be a major area for new legislation in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly. Bills introduced within the first two weeks of the legislature come from both sides of the aisle, though, and include bills that address physician assistant licensing requirements and liability, public health insurance options in the state and that would ban and criminalize abortion.
Senate Bill 004
Address High-Cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
Sponsor: Sen. Kerry Donovan (D)
Summary: The bill authorizes the state personnel director to explore and, if feasible, develop a one-year pilot program to provide people in areas with high health insurance premiums access to the group medical benefit plans offered to state employees. The bill would also modernize laws authorizing health care cooperatives in the state to incorporate consumer protections such as coverage for preexisting conditions and to encourage consumers to help control health care costs by negotiating rates on a collective basis directly with providers.
Senate Bill 15
Create Statewide Health Care Review Committee
Sponsor: Sen. Joann Ginal (D)
Summary: The bill recreates the former health care task force, renamed as the statewide health care review committee, to study health care issues that affect Colorado residents throughout the state.
Senate Bill 41
Health Insurance Contract Carrier and Policyholder
Sponsor: Sen. Jim Smallwood (R)
Summary: Current law requires a health insurance policyholder to pay premiums for each individual covered under the policy through the date that the policyholder notifies the carrier that an individual is no longer covered. The bill requires such contracts to state that, in the alternative, the policyholder is required to pay premiums through the date that the individual is no longer eligible or covered if the policyholder notifies the carrier within 10 business days after the date of ineligibility or noncoverage.