Ed Sealover, Denver Business Journal

Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne rolled out an ambitious healthcare agenda for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration Thursday.

Lynne’s plan includes efforts to help middle-class rural Coloradans pay for health care, and for hospitals to disclose more to the state about their internal finances.

The bills — some of which are close to being introduced and some of which are still in early-concept talks and may not come this year — is likely to meet some resistance.

A Republican member of the powerful Joint Budget Committee said, for example, that while he has not heard of the plan to increase subsidies for health insurance yet, he is not a fan of the general idea and is not sure where the governor would suggest that legislators find the money for it.

Still, the announcement from Lynne at the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative’s “Health Care Day of Action” signals a new level of effort from the governor’s office in regard to healthcare, a subject that is close to the heart of Lynne, a former hospital and nonprofit health plan executive.

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