December 11, 2018

Governor Hickenlooper Announces Appointments to Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board

On Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointments to the first Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board, which was created by SB 11-200, Health Benefit Exchange, sponsored by Senate President Pro-tem Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood, and House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.

The Colorado Health Exchange will be an independent public entity not affiliated with any existing state agency or department and initially funded by gifts, grants,and donations. The exchange will be governed by nine board members, the majority of whom will be individuals and business representatives who are not directly affiliated with the insurance industry. The board will hire the exchange’s executive director.

The members appointed by the Governor and the Senate and House Majority and Minority leadership are:

  • Richard T. Betts, of Telluride; term to expire 2013. Betts is the owner of ASAP Accounting & Payroll, Inc.
  • Eric Grossman, of Englewood; term to expire 2013. Grossman is a vice president of TriZetto.
  • Robert S. Ruiz-Moss, of Lone Tree; term to expire 2013. Ruiz-Moss is the chief executive officer of Anthem Blue Cross.
  • Elizabeth Soberg, of Centennial; term to expire 2013. Soberg is the chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of Colorado.
  • Gretchen Hammer, of Denver; term to expire 2015. Hammer is the executive director for the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.
  • Stephen ErkenBrack, of Grand Junction; term to expire 2015. ErkenBrack is the president of Rocky Mountain Health Plan.
  • Arnold Salazar, of Alamosa; term to expire 2015. Salazar is the executive director of Colorado Health Partnerships, LLC.
  • Nathan Wilkes, of Arapahoe; term to expire 2015. Wilkes is the founder and principal consultant, Headstorms, Inc.
  • Dr. Michael Fallon, of Denver; term to expire 2015. Fallon is an emergency room physician.

The full press release from the Governor’s Office concerning these board appointments can be found here.

Application Period Open for Appointment to the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board

On Wednesday, Governor John Hickenlooper announced that the Office of Boards and Commissions is now accepting applications for appointments to serve on the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board. The Office will be accepting applications through Monday, May 23, 2011.

The Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board will have nine members: Governor Hickenlooper will appoint five members, with the House and Senate appointing the other four. The majority of the board members will be comprised of individuals and business representatives who are not directly affiliated with the insurance industry.

Each person appointed to the board should have demonstrated expertise in two or more of the following areas:

  1. Individual health insurance coverage;
  2. Small business health insurance coverage;
  3. Health benefits administration;
  4. Health care finance;
  5. Administering a public or private health care delivery system;
  6. Purchasing health insurance coverage;
  7. Health care consumer navigation or assistance;
  8. Health care economics or health care actuarial sciences;
  9. Information technology;
  10. Starting a small business with fifty or fewer employees; and
  11. Expert in the provision of health care service.

Interested candidates must fill out a Boards and Commissions application, attach a resume, and in a one page cover letter address his or her expertise and why they want to serve on the Board. For more information on Boards and Commissions, click here or email the Office.

Governor and Bipartisan Support Behind Senate Bill to Create Health Benefits Exchange

On Monday, Governor John Hickenlooper announced bipartisan support to introduce legislation that would create the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange. The governor was joined at the announcement by Senate President Pro-tem Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood, and House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.

Details of the Colorado-based health exchange were outlined in SB 11-200, introduced in the Senate following the announcement. The exchange is intended to facilitate the access to and enrollment in health plans in the individual market in Colorado and include a small business health options program to assist small employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in health plans offered in the small employer market. The intent of the Colorado health benefit exchange is to increase access, affordability, and choice for individuals and small employers in purchasing health insurance in Colorado.

The bill creates a nonprofit unincorporated public entity known as the Health Benefits Exchange. A board of directors will govern the operation of the exchange. While the exchange is an instrumentality of the state, its debts and liabilities will not constitute debts and liabilities of the state, and neither the exchange nor the board will be an agency of the state. The exchange will foster a competitive marketplace for insurance and will not solicit bids or engage in the active purchasing of insurance. All carriers authorized to conduct business in Colorado may be eligible to participate in the exchange.

Other core components of the bill include:

  • The Colorado Health Benefits Exchange shall initially be funded by gifts, grants and donations, and shall apply for establishment grants pursuant to Section 1311 of the federal Affordable Care Act.
  • The Colorado Health Benefits Exchange shall be governed by a board consisting of nine members who are permanent Colorado residents. The majority of the board members will be individuals and business representatives who are not directly affiliated with the insurance industry.
  • Of the nine members, five shall be appointed by the Governor, and one each appointed by: the President of the Senate; the Speaker of the House; the Minority Leader of the House; and the Minority Leader of the Senate. These appointments should be coordinated to ensure a broad representation of identified skill sets.
  • Each person appointed to the board shall have demonstrated expertise in at least two of the following areas: (a) individual health insurance coverage; (b) small business health insurance coverage; (c) health benefits administration; (d) health care finance; (e) administering a public or private health care delivery system; (f) purchasing health insurance coverage; (g) health care consumer navigation or assistance; (h) health care economics or health care actuarial sciences; (i) information technology; (j) starting a small business with 50 or fewer employees; and (k) expert in the provision of health care service.
  • Creates a new legislative committee of 10 members that meet five times a year. The committee will review and approve grants and an initial work plan.
  • The Board shall hire an executive director to administer the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange who is approved by legislative committee.
  • The Board shall provide an annual report to the House and Senate Committees of reference.
  • The Colorado Health Benefits Exchange operations shall comply with sunshine laws and ethics requirements.

Click here to hear to read the full press release regarding the introduction of the bill, and click here to listen to audio from Monday’s press conference.