Colorado’s Health Care Future Statement Following Senate Health And Human Services Committee Vote To Advance The State Government Option (House Bill 21-1232)

May 19, 2021

DENVER – Colorado’s Health Care Future issued the following statement today after members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to advance House Bill 21-1232, which would create a new state government-controlled health insurance system, also called the state government option:

“On Monday, the Committee heard hours of testimony from a diverse group of stakeholders who have serious concerns about the costs and consequences of creating a new state government option. While we appreciate the work of some lawmakers to improve the bill, it is disappointing that the Committee advanced the proposal in spite of many unanswered questions and unknown consequences,” said Colorado’s Health Care Future spokesman Tyler Mounsey.

“As House Bill 21-1232 moves to the Appropriations committee, lawmakers would be wise to slow down, allow for much-needed analysis, and focus resources instead on solutions that strengthen our existing health care system to lower costs, protect patient choice, expand access, improve quality and support facilities that serve communities where the needs are greatest,” concluded Mounsey.