MEDIA RELEASE 
Tues., April 27, 2021
Contact:  Adam Fox, 303-563-9108, [email protected]

DENVER – Today, the Colorado Option legislation – HB21-1232 – passed through its first committee with strong support from consumer advocates. The bill now incorporates changes that bring a number of health care industry groups to neutral on the legislation. In response to the revised bill, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative lauded the benefits this bill will provide to Coloradans.

“This compromise will provide lower cost health insurance for individuals and small businesses with more access to affordable care,” said Adam Fox, deputy director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. “By implementing a standardized plan structure with lower out-of-pocket costs, deductibles and copays, as well as access to more services without additional costs, more Coloradans will be able to get the care they need through the more affordable Colorado Option plans. This makes fundamental advances to address racial health disparities that persist and that this pandemic has underscored and worsened. We are controlling the underlying costs of care and holding the health care industry accountable to deliver lower costs and better access for the Coloradans who need it most.”

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that represents 40+ Colorado health organizations with more than 500,000 health care consumers advocating for equitable access to high-quality, affordable health care. In 2018, CCHI received the “Get Wise” Consumer Protection award from the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

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