Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Governors bill would establish Colorado health exchange

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced bipartisan support Monday to introduce legislation that would create the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange. The governor was joined at the announcement by Senate President Pro-tem Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood, and House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.

“We want a Colorado-based health exchange that is created by Coloradans, for Coloradans,” Hickenlooper said. “This legislation will give Colorado a voluntary and competitive insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses to choose between easy-to-compare affordable health care options. We appreciate the work by Sen. Boyd and Rep. Stephens to help us move health reform forward in Colorado with one voice.”

The current legislative framework is designed to avoid, at this stage, more contentious questions about benefits, plan certification and other matters.

The 2010 federal health care overhaul says that states have until 2014 to create exchanges, or the federal government will develop exchanges for them.

Here is audio from the press conference Monday:

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