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Bill Detail: SB19-004

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Title Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
Status Governor Signed (05/17/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • State Government
House Sponsors J. McCluskie (D)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/04/2019
Description

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill authorize the state personnel director
to explore the feasibility of offering and, if feasible, to develop and
implement a one-year pilot program in a limited geographic region of the
state affected by high health insurance premiums to provide access to
individuals in that region to participate in the group medical benefit plans
offered to state employees. The pilot program would be available:
  • In the portions of Eagle and Garfield counties that are
within the service area of the state group benefit plans;
  • To a limited number of individuals whose household
income is more than 400 % but not more than 500 % of the
federal poverty line; and
  • In the 2019-20 benefit plan year.
Section 2 outlines the factors for the state personnel director to
consider in determining the feasibility of the pilot program.
Sections 3 through 15 modernize laws authorizing health care
cooperatives in the state to incorporate consumer protections such as
coverage for preexisting conditions and to encourage consumers to help
control health care costs by negotiating rates on a collective basis directly
with providers.

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