[…] One of the provisions of the PPACA is for the federal government to assist the states in funding the creation of health insurance exchanges. In a largely symbolic vote, the US House of Representatives voted last week to block that funding. HR1213 would prevent the federal government from spending money to help the states set up their own health insurance exchanges. It passed in the Republican-dominated House, but […]
[…] Regardless of whether you support the federal healthcare reform laws, it’s hard to see how it would be better for Colorado to forgo creating a state-specific exchange. Doing so would mean that Colorado would have to participate in a federally-run exchange instead, and obviously such a program is not going to be geared to the specific needs of the people and businesses in Colorado. So although there are still likely to be plenty of legal battles over the Constitutionality and implementation of the federal healthcare reform law, it makes sense for states to move ahead in creating their own exchanges.
Last week it appeared that Colorado Democrats and Republicans were prepared to work together to begin the process of creating a health insurance exchange for the state. But the bipartisan friendliness didn’t last long. House Majority Leader Amy Stephens (R – Monument) is a co-sponsor of the bill, and has faced a lot of criticism in the past week from conservative Republicans and the Tea Party over her support for the legislation to create the exchange. Stephens has also co-sponsored a bill that would allow Colorado to opt out of federal health care reform laws, and she has made it clear that she does not support the PPACA. But she and other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle felt […]
[…] Senate Bill 200 (the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act), co-sponsored by Senator Betty Boyd (D – Lakewood) gets the ball rolling on the health insurance exchange that the state will have to have in place by 2014. Specifically, the bill would create a “nonprofit unincorporated public entity known as the Health Benefit Exchange”. It includes guidelines for the appointment of a 12-member board of directors (9 of whom will be voting members) who will oversee the exchange, and lays out their responsibilities. […]