On Tuesday, Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed SB 11-213, stating that the bill poses adverse consequences on children’s access to health insurance through the Child Health Plan Plus program. The Governor determined that while the policy intent may be sound, the practical impact the legislation has would negatively impact children in low-income families.
Hickenlooper pledged to work with the Joint Budget Committee and the General Assembly to develop a better approach to changes in the program. He also said that the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will increase the annual enrollment fee through their regular, rule-making process, and conduct a comprehensive analysis of cost-sharing in the program.
The Department will evaluate changes in the program this summer and fall and deliver recommendations to the Joint Budget Committee on or before November 1, 2011. According to the Governor:
“The focus will be to implement a change that is minimally disruptive, administratively efficient, effective and elegant, and supports the goal of ensuring that kids have access to coverage.”
In recent weeks, many Colorado hospitals, health organizations, and individuals have urged Hickenlooper to veto the bill.
Click here for the Governor’s press release and letter to the General Assembly regarding his veto of SB 11-213 – Concerning enrollee cost-sharing for children enrolled in the children’s basic health plan, and making an appropriation therefor.