Joey Bunch, Colorado Politics

Colorado appears to be on the right track but has a ways to go to make health care affordable, according to a report out Tuesday by Altarum Healthcare Value Hub, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that crunches numbers for policymakers.

The Affordability State Policy Scorecard found Colorado remains among the most expensive states for health care, “suggesting a need for immediate policymaker attention.”

The report relied on polling conducted before some of the initiatives passed by Democrats and signed by Gov. Jared Polis after last year’s session, however.

“Colorado is a leader in health care,” Adela Flores-Brennan, executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, said in a statement regarding the report. “But our successes have been diminished by high and steadily increasing health care costs. It’s time to address the high underlying health care costs from hospitals and the very real challenges Coloradans face to afford their medical care and prescription drugs.”

She advocated to the public option insurance program lawmakers are expected to debate during the four-month session that begins Wednesday. Flores-Brennan said Colorado also needs more oversight on health care costs, especially prescription drugs.

Read the report by clicking here.

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