Colorado Gov. Jared Polis stood outside of Denver Health Medical Center almost a month ago laying out his “roadmap” to save people money on health care. As the Boulder Democrat ticked off his list of plans, both short term and long term, it quickly became apparent that most of the governor’s ideas to lower health care costs in Colorado weren’t possible unless state lawmakers passed a series of bills. Democrats and Republicans have come together to create the beginnings of a public option health plan and make hospitals turn over more of their financial data. But with a week left in the 2019 session, several items on the governor’s list still haven’t passed and the big question remaining is whether there’s enough time, money and political will to get the rest of them across the finish line. Reinsurance A high-priority bill that might not make it through in the final days of session is one that has lowered people’s premiums in other states … [Read more...] about Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ mission to cut health care costs hangs in balance as session nears end
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WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a revamped version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential race by renewing his call for replacing job-based and private health insurance with a government plan that guarantees coverage for all. "It is not a radical idea to say that in the United States, every American who goes to a doctor should be able to afford the prescription drug he or she needs," Sanders said. The latest edition of his Medicare for All adds coverage for long-term care in home and community settings, on top of its basic promise of comprehensive health coverage with no premiums, deductibles or copays. As with previous versions, Sanders did not include detailed proposals on how to pay for the plan. "Health care is a human right, not a privilege," he declared. Four of Sanders' fellow senators and rivals for the Democratic nomination have signed onto the updated single-payer health care proposal. The bill's reintroduction … [Read more...] about Sanders’ adds long-term care to his ‘Medicare for All’ plan
Gallery: Controversial legislation could transform health care in Georgia +4 more photos More Info House Bill 198 would:Remove restrictions on building new health care facilitiesRequire nonprofit hospitals to reveal financial informationAdd $40 million to the rural hospital tax credit programRequire hospitals provide certain levels of charity care Some Georgia lawmakers have reignited a heated debate over health care regulations with an 83-page bill that could dramatically reshape the state's health care system. If passed, House Bill 198 would replace the controversial certificate of need — commonly called CON — program with a more relaxed licensure program, allowing any health care provider with the exception of certain long-term care facilities to duplicate services that already exist in an area without proving there's a "need." "A lot of the current CON process involves expense and time that does nothing to help the actual health of the community," the bill's … [Read more...] about Controversial legislation could transform health care in Georgia
Two Democratic state lawmakers want to give Coloradans, especially those in rural areas who face some of the highest health care costs in the country, an insurance option not available anywhere else in the nation. State Rep. Dylan Roberts and Sen. Kerry Donovan, who represent mountain communities along Interstate 70, plan to introduce a pair of bills on the first day of the 2019 legislative session that would direct the state to create a public health insurance option. Roberts’ bill would instruct state agencies to create the infrastructure needed to establish a state insurance program and request federal approval. His goal is to provide the new option by 2020. Donovan’s companion bill would instruct the state to immediately create a pilot program to offer a public option to counties that have limited insurance choices and face extraordinarily high premiums. If the bill wins approval, the smaller program would begin in 2019. “Voters sent us here to work on this … [Read more...] about Two Colorado lawmakers aim to reduce health care costs by creating a public insurance option not available anywhere else
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