Colorado is joining about a dozen other states that are not requiring health insurance companies to revive canceled health plans.
No one mentioned cancellation notices. And no one expressed concerns about costs. Instead, at a sparsely attended public meeting about health insurance issues Tuesday evening, potential customers wanted to know if they could skip filling out Colorado’s complex Medicaid application.
Health exchange board members on Monday pressed for immediate improvements to Colorado’s mandatory Medicaid application, but state officials, who contend that Colorado is a “shining example” among the states, refused to promise that a full slate of short-term fixes will be completed before Dec. 15.
Colorado has no quick fix for a seemingly endless Medicaid application that health exchange board members believe is driving away customers and decreasing the number of people buying health insurance through Colorado’s new multi-million dollar health exchange.
In Choosing Wisely, physicians across the spectrum of medical specialties nationwide have created lists of procedures, tests and drug treatments that deserve second thoughts before doctors order them or patients accept them.
Health Care Reform: Which way will Colorado go this fall?
What do you think about the Affordable Care Act, the new federal law that puts into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that are intended to hold insurance companies more accountable, lower health care costs and guarantee more health care choices?
"As of September 23, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to cap coverage, drop policyholders when they actually become sick, or deny coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions," according to Colorado Consumer Health Initiative executive director Dede de Percin.
"The security in knowing insurance will be there when and if you need it is a big win for consumers."
But will Colorado decide to opt out of other provisions of the national health care reform legislation?
We’ll find out when voters head to the polls this fall to weigh in on Amendment 63.
Amendment 63 proposes that anyone in Colorado has the right to refuse health care coverage, and the state cannot require residents to participate in any public or private health insurance plan.
The backers of Amendment 63 want voters to say “no” to mandatory health coverage for everyone.
Is that the right path for Colorado?
This week on Colorado State of Mind, two notable guests with opposite points of view look at health care reform and this amendment from both sides of the table.
• T.R. Reid, author of the best-selling “The Healing of America” and correspondent for two PBS Frontline documentary films, “A Second Opinion” and “Sick Around the World,” researched five capitalist democracies that deliver health care to learn from their successes and failures.
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