The Colorado public option proposal, HB 1232, has moved to the Senate and is up for a hearing on Monday, May 17. This bill is moving quickly and has a serious chance of becoming law, which would significantly increase costs on businesses that provide health insurance to their employees and workers receiving health insurance through employers.
While some improvements have been made to the bill since it was introduced, the amended bill will still shift costs to employer-sponsored plans in order to fund the state-sponsored option for individual and small group plans. This cost-shifting is extremely problematic and the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services needs to hear from the business community as soon as possible ahead of the hearing.
Will you tell members of Senate health committee to oppose health insurance premium increases and vote NO on HB 1232?