Testimony to the Senate Health and Human Service Committee
My name is Robin Baker and I am a senior policy analyst and director of the health project at the Bell Policy Center. The Bell Policy Center has taken a neutral position on HB 09-1143. By offering a limited HMO benefit plan, this bill may expand opportunity for some workers to obtain health care services that they might not otherwise receive.
• Expanded resources for underserved areas: When HB 1111 is signed by Gov. Bill Ritter, Colorado will take a major step toward increasing health resources in rural and underserved areas.
• Legally present women, kids get coverage: Accessing health care is a problem for many women and children who are legal immigrants. HB 1353, signed today, aligns Colorado’s Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) with the federal SCHIP reauthorization passed in February.