December 18, 2017

SB 17-003: Repealing the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act

On January 11, 2017, Sen. Jim Smallwood and Rep. Patrick Neville introduced SB 17-003, “Concerning the Repeal of the ‘Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act.'”

In 2010, pursuant to the enactment of federal law that allowed each state to establish a health benefit exchange option through state law or opt to participate in a national exchange, the general assembly enacted the ‘Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act’ (act). The act created the state exchange, a board of directors (board) to implement the exchange, and a legislative health benefits exchange implementation review committee to make recommendations to the board. The bill repeals the act, effective January 1, 2018, and allows the exchange to continue for one year for the purpose of winding up its affairs. The bill also requires the board, on the last day of the wind-up period, to transfer any unencumbered money that remains in the exchange to the state treasurer, who shall transfer the money to the general fund.

The bill was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Finance Committee.

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Comments

  1. Catherine Hanisits says:

    Please do NOT repeal the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. They have nothing to replace it with and it would harm too many people who cannot afford insurance

  2. Beverly Bergum says:

    This is a travesty. Several thousand Coloradans will brump.e without life saving health care coverage.

    Take no action until you have a better, less-expensive program as promised by President T

  3. Susan Scruggs says:

    My husband and I have been buying our health insurance from the Colorado exchange since it began. We’re very happy with it. No, it isn’t perfect, but with some improvements it could be the model for our nation’s health insurance.

    We have benefited immensely from having subsidized health insurance. Our prescriptions are covered so we can actively prevent problems from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and thyroid insufficiencies. My husband can get the medicines that help him function every day with his chronic back pain. Our annual wellness exams are covered so we can catch any problems early. Not having to worry about catastrophic health-care expenses takes a great deal of anxiety out of our lives. These are important points to us and we hope Colorado will ensure that we can keep our health insurance in the years to come.

    Thank you.

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