Healthcare Business News
Dr. Irene Aguilar, Colorado state senator

Doc lawmaker to propose universal coverage for Colo.

By Andis Robeznieks
Posted: December 21, 2012 - 1:30 pm ET

Dr. Irene Aguilar, a Colorado state senator and a practicing internist, announced that she will introduce legislation to establish a statewide cooperative that will provide universal health insurance coverage in the state.

Aguilar, a Democrat representing a portion of Denver, introduced a related bill last year, though now she has added clout having recently been named chairwoman of the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Advertisement | View Media Kit


The draft bill calls for ballot referendum on the question of approving a state constitutional amendment to establish the Colorado Health Care Cooperative. The cooperative would be governed by an elected board, and insurance coverage would include "essential health benefits," plus dental, vision and hearing services as well as mental health services and substance abuse treatment.

"Nothing in this article prohibits private health insurers from doing business in Colorado," the document states.

Aguilar practices at Denver Health's Westside Family Health Center.

What do you think?

Share your opinion. Send a letter to the Editor or Post a comment below.

Post a comment

Loading Comments Loading comments...



Switch to the new Modern Healthcare Daily News app

For the best experience of on your iPad, switch to the new Modern Healthcare app — it's optimized for your device but there is no need to download.