STATEMENT: Health overhaul will hurt Coloradans

Today, the U.S. Senate released their previously “secret” version of the American Health Care Act. Senate Republicans worked on this version behind closed doors with no input from health care consumers, experts, providers or insurers. Despite assurances from Senate leadership and President Trump to the contrary, the Senate version actually is “meaner” than the House […]

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Action Alert: Protect Our Care!

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what it calls the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a two-vote, 217-213, margin. Now, the U.S. Senate is reportedly determined to vote on its own bill in less than a month’s time by using an arcane procedure known as “Rule 14.” In short, this little-known rule allows […]

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House health plan would take America backwards

Any plan to reform the nation’s health care system should aspire to make health care better, more affordable and readily available for all Americans. Unfortunately, the U.S. House of Representatives’ latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does exactly the opposite by slashing hundreds of billions of dollars from the country’s […]

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2017 Legislative Wrap-up: Health Care

This year, CCLP’s Health Care program developed and supported successful efforts to address the shortcomings in client correspondence for Medicaid recipients. We mitigated punitive measures on low-income Coloradans in negotiations to establish an enterprise for the hospital provider fee. We also supported efforts to curb the rising cost of health care. On national issues, we […]

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STATEMENT: Stop the AHCA

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a two-vote, 217-213, margin. Colorado Center on Law and Policy cannot over-emphasize the harm this bill will cause if it becomes law. In short, the AHCA rolls back the Medicaid expansion, which will result in 600,000 Coloradans losing coverage. Charging older […]

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ACTION ALERT: Stop the AHCA Redux

There they go again. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) fizzled in March after the Congressional Budget Office predicted bleak outcomes, including an increase of 24 million in the number of uninsured Americans over the next 10 years and untenable cuts in federal funding to states. Unfortunately, the AHCA is back with its plan to […]

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The other shoe drops: the Market Stabilization rule

Despite over 4,000 posted comments, many of which raised significant concerns, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized the Market Stabilization rule described in our blog last month. The rule, issued seemingly in response to carriers’ complaints about profitability of individual and small-group plans offered on the exchanges, includes a range of measures […]

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What’s next for the ACA?

Last Friday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor, sparing his members a recorded vote on a flawed bill, and sparing the country the consequences of advancing a proposal that would have resulted in the loss of health insurance coverage for 24 million Americans. It was reported […]

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Statement on AHCA failure

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy worked hard with its coalition partners to stop the American Health Care Act, so we’re very pleased that House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from consideration today. As we’ve said over the past few weeks in statements, commentaries and fact sheets, the AHCA was a harmful and […]

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Stability fund not a fix for Colorado

A risk pool with plenty of healthy people creates a stable insurance market. Under the Affordable Care Act, the stability of the individual and small-group market depends on the individual mandate bringing those healthy people to the table, and on a set of risk adjustment mechanisms that were hampered after Congressional opponents of the ACA […]

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Advocacy Alert: Protect Our Care!

Amid the information overload of these times, it would be easy for distracted citizens to overlook a critical moment in the nation’s history: the prospect that Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan that will leave millions of people (and hundreds of thousands of Coloradans) without health insurance. On […]

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What the CBO score means for CO

In a report released on Monday, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million over the next 10 years, result in big reductions in assistance for lower-income consumers who purchase insurance […]

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Making health care inaccessible again

On Monday, House Republicans released their long-anticipated ACA repeal-and-replace bill. Though the title is the American Health Care Act, a better name might have been “Repeal Access to Care.” Among other measures, this bill would make insurance unaffordable for 450,000 low-income Coloradans by reducing the federal match for the Medicaid expansion after 2020 from 90 percent […]

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