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Summer State-of-the-State…Thanks to All Who Joined Us

“UNDER THE DOME – A Health Reform Update” Thank you to all who joined us on Tuesday at the Summer State-of-the-State.  The panel recapped major legislation at the state level, current happenings in the healthcare marketplace and speculated on what the federal government might do to impact Colorado’s health care community.  The stakeholders on the […]

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2018 Initial Plan Filings in at Division of Insurance

The Colorado Division of Insurance reports that eight carriers have filed plans and proposed premiums in both the individual and small group market for 2018.  While an additional four plans made the filing deadline and submitted plans and premium rates in the small group market only.    All counties in the state will have at least […]

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Key Dates on “Connect for Health Colorado” Calendar

Kevin Patterson, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, has shared information on 2018’s Open Enrollment.  Dates of interest include:  June 19 – deadline for insurers to submit plans and premiums for 2018 to the Division of Insurance (DOI).   July 14 –  Proposed plans and premiums are announced to the public.  August 4  –  Public comment […]

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Omnibus Rural Funding Bill and “Long Bill” Signed by Governor

On May 30, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law SB267, the much debated, bipartisan bill that reclassifies the Hospital Provider Fee program and provides much needed funding for rural Colorado.  The reclassification will stave off cuts to rural hospitals of $528 million.  An amount that might have resulted in the closing of up to a dozen […]

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CBO Out with Numbers on AHCA

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 compared with leaving in tact the Affordable […]

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Legislative Session Ends with Hospital Provider Fee Reclassified

In a measure of bipartisanship, the first regular session of the seventy-first Colorado General Assembly closed with the passage in both chambers of an omnibus funding/redistribution bill, “Concerning the Sustainability of Rural Colorado”, SB17-267.   The wide-sweeping legislation gives money to rural schools, and infrastructure repairs.  It increases the marijuana sales tax rate to the maximum […]

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Global Cyberattack Hits 150 Countries

One of the largest cybersecurity attacks in recent history has affected computer systems in at least 150 countries.  A flaw in Microsoft software has been used by a group called Shadow Brokers to attack computers worldwide.   Authorities are still searching for the starting point of the malware known as “WannaCry”.   Europol, the official intelligence […]

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House Passes AHCA, Future of ACA in the Senate

By a margin of 217-213, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the alternative to the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, May 4.  The new legislation, American Health Care Act, will move on to the U.S. Senate for a vote. Two last minute amendments were the turning point that won over Republican members of both moderate […]

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Budget Balancing Places Urban & Rural Colorado Hospitals at Risk

Balancing the State budget for the coming year is still in play at the State Capitol.  Both the House and Senate have passed Senate Bill 256 which cuts the hospital provider-fee (a revenue generator) to a level that balances the budget and does not trigger TABOR.  In so doing, the associated revenues generated by the […]

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UCHealth ER Partner Files for Bankruptcy Protection

On April 19, Lewisville, Texas-based Adeptus Health, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection in Dallas.  Adeptus, the nation’s largest freestanding emergency room operator, sought protection while it negotiates a financial restructuring plan with New York-based hedge fund Deerfield Management Co.   Joint venture contracts that Adeptus holds, including its partnership with UCHealth, are not […]

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