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 in Colorado
On this week's "Colorado State of Mind," host Cynthia Hessin and her guests takes a look at the current legislative session and discuss how health care issues are being addressed by our state's lawmakers.
The federal health care law requires states to set up health insurance exchanges, or the federal government will set up exchanges for them.
Some say if we wait for the federal law to kick in, we will wait longer to get an exchange that allows individuals and small businesses to pool together for lower health insurance rates, and we wouldn’t necessarily get anything better...or more affordable.
Others advocate for waiting for the federal law to kick in because Colorado will have to comply with it.
And, of course, there is the minority calling for no health care reform at all.
What is the best course of action for Colorado? Weigh in. And watch "Colorado State of Mind," Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm.
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