Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed 11 healthcare-related bills, with the Colorado Hospital Association calling the Centennial Care Choices measurewhich directs the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and Division of Insurance to develop an affordable, baseline insurance productthe most significant.
Its kind of a stab at a more comprehensive attempt at healthcare reform, said association spokesman Richard Haugh. Its not exactly what everybody would like, butfunding being what it isits a pretty good step in the right direction.
Haugh added that the Centennial Care Choices plan could also be used as a foundation for further reforms next year. In a news release, Ritter said three of the bills were based on recommendations included in a report from the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform, of which association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Summer was a member. Of those three, Haugh noted that the association had especially pushed for one bill that calls for health plan patient ID cards with magnetic strips and another bill that expands eligibility for Colorados Child Health Plan Plus to familes with incomes of up to 225% of the federal poverty level. -- by Andis Robeznieks