Gov. Hickenlooper to Sign Health Care Exchange Bill

While the nation continues to argue over health care reform proposals, Colorado plans to move forward. The first big step is SB 200, the Health Care Exchange Bill. While the Colorado General Assembly haggled over the details, ultimately the bill passed. SB 200 establishes a Board intended to represent broad community interests and charged with designing the exchange. While the federal law mandates that health care exchanges be formed for small groups by 2014 and for larger groups in 2017, Colorado intends to have its own exchange up and running before then.

Gov. Hickenlooper will sign the Health Care Exchange Bill into law on June 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the new St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood. Support for this bill did include several business groups and associations, with the hope that the business community will have a voice in the design of the exchange. As such, MSEC will be following the progress of Colorado’s Health Care Exchange as it unfolds.