Colorado Capitol Report

The Public Option is One Step Closer to Passage: Your Help is Needed

The Public Option is One Step Closer to Passage – Your Urgent Help is Needed

The Colorado public option proposal, HB 1232, has moved to the Senate and is up for a hearing on Monday, May 17. This bill is moving quickly and has a serious chance of becoming law, which would significantly increase costs on businesses that provide health insurance to their employees and workers receiving health insurance through employers.

While some improvements have been made to the bill since it was introduced, the amended bill will still shift costs to employer-sponsored plans in order to fund the state-sponsored option for individual and small group plans. This cost-shifting is extremely problematic and the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services needs to hear from the business community as soon as possible ahead of the hearing.

Click here to tell members of Senate health committee to oppose health insurance premium increases and vote NO on HB 1232.

Please Join us in Thanking Sen. Ginal for her Leadership on Business Issues

The General Assembly continues to debate major legislation this session, from the public health care option to environmental regulations to labor and employment issues. It’s critical for the legislature to understand how these bills impact businesses across our state, and some legislators have demonstrated consistent leadership on key business issues.

One of those legislators is Senator Joann Ginal. A Democrat representing Colorado’s 14th Senate District encompassing Fort Collins, Sen. Ginal has consistently taken a thoughtful approach to legislation and truly understands the challenges facing employers. This session, she has been a champion for business on major health care issues that could increase insurance premiums for workers in Colorado, including the public option proposal.

Will you join us in showing support for Sen. Ginal and thanking her for her consistent leadership? You can do so through our online tool by clicking here.

Last Chance to Participate in Our Business Impact Survey!

The deadline to participate in our brief Business Impact Survey is the end of the day today! By completing this survey, you can help us communicate the needs of the business community to lawmakers. The survey should only take a few minutes.  Click here to take our survey.