Making Health Care Work Better

LOWERING HEALTH CARE COSTS—A pro-consumer health insurance exchange would bring competition to the health insurance marketplace, increasing affordability, access and choice for hundreds of thousands of families and small businesses.

Delivering on the Promise of Quality, Affordable Health Care

Now the fight for health care reform is in Denver, and so are the health care industry’s lobbyists.

At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in Colorado — the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care. The new state insurance exchange will allow small businesses, those of us who buy health care on our own, and the uninsured to shop for cheaper health care plans and find some relief from increasingly brutal premiums. 

Done right, the exchange will save billions and level the balance of power between consumers and the health care industry — driving the industry to cut waste and prioritize high-quality care.

The health care industry knows how high the stakes are and has spent millions to influence health care reform.

In order to help us fight back against the kind of price jumps and trap-door coverage we’ve all been suffering, CoPIRG is pushing to see that the exchange:

  1. Increase competition, by forcing health insurance companies to present their plans in standard formats that allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.
  2. Have high standards, so that bad plans aren’t an option.
  3. Be open to as many Coloradans as possible. Limits that shut some individuals and businesses out of the exchange would reduce its ability to lower costs — and will be a key tactic that industry lobbyists use to weaken it.
  4. Negotiates for better plans. By demanding better care for less cost, the exchange can use the collective power of hundreds of thousands of Coloradans to finally demand that the industry do better.
  5. Be accountable to the public.

Issue updates

News Release | CoPIRG | Health Care

Twenty Top Generic Drugs Delayed By Industry Payoffs

Coloradans with cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and other conditions have been forced to pay an average of 10 times more than necessary for at least 20 blockbuster drugs, according to a report released today by Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG) and Community Catalyst.

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Report | CoPIRG | Health Care

Top 20 Pay-for-Delay Drugs

Too often, consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden, or even go without needed medicine, due to the high cost of brand-name drugs. Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called “pay for delay,” which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Insurers pared from Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Board

Gov. John Hickenlooper did not reappoint two of the three insurance-industry executives serving on the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange board, announcing Friday that he had replaced them with non-industry members after a group of patient-advocate organizations campaigned for him to remove the influence of insurers from the board.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Colorado health insurance exchange seeks another $125 million to implement Obamacare

Of the $125 million more wanted by staff of the exchange, which is called Connect for Health Colorado, $14 million would be earmarked for outreach. The organization estimates that 90 percent of Coloradans don’t know about the exchange, what it does or how to use it.

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Blog Post | Health Care

Here’s that Rx refill you didn’t order | Danny Katz

 

Is your pharmacy refilling your prescription without your knowledge or approval, and billing your insurance company for the cost?

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Media Hit | Health Care

Colorado health insurance exchange seeks another $125 million to implement Obamacare

Of the $125 million more wanted by staff of the exchange, which is called Connect for Health Colorado, $14 million would be earmarked for outreach. The organization estimates that 90 percent of Coloradans don’t know about the exchange, what it does or how to use it.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Health Care

656 Participate in Forums about CO Health Benefit Exchange

640 Coloradans participated in CoPIRG-organized forums designed to raise the voice of Coloradans around the design and implementation of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. 

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Media Hit | Health Care

Healthy Input

To this point, state Senate Bill 200 has probably been best known locally as the measure that divided Monument Rep. Amy Stephens, the bill's sponsor, from the most anti-"Obamacare" members of her Republican Party. But the exchange, signed into law in June, actually exists as more than a political issue.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Local Health-care education is urged

The more people and small employers know about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the easier it will be for them to find the best health-insurance plan for themselves or their employees, an organizer for the Colorado Public Interest Research Group said Monday.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Some Question Makeup of Colorado's New Health-insurance Exchange Board

A consumer group called for a member of the new state health insurance exchange board to resign Monday, and the author of legislation creating the exchange said she was unhappy with the board's makeup, casting shadows over a first meeting.

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