About Health Care for All Colorado

Are you ready for the launch of an incredible year of educating and advocating for health care justice in Colorado?

We are.  One single standard of high quality care for all without financial barrier -- single-payer, improved and expanded Medicare for all for life.  The reality of health care reform for Colorado and the nation.

Health Care for All Colorado (HCAC) is a nonprofit organization in Colorado working to:

  • inform Coloradans about advantages of the (public) single-payer system of financing health care,
  • create a coalition that will develop strategies for achieving comprehensive, affordable and high quality health care for all Coloradans, and
  • build a grassroots movement that will campaign for the single-payer system in Colorado, including work to support citizens ballot initiative for 2014 supporting health care as a human right and a public good in Colorado.

Our sister organization, The Health Care for All Colorado Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) and works to educate Coloradans about single-payer health care and also supports the Colorado chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP).


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    HCAC Supports ColoradoCare Amendment 69

    snglpyr.pngFollowing a unanimous vote of the Health Care for All Colorado (HCAC) Board of Directors this week, HCAC is officially supporting Colorado Amendment 69 – the ColoradoCare state health care financing system.

    Health Care for All Colorado continues to work and strive for a publicly-funded universal health care system, and is excited about the prospect of a fundamental shift in how health care is financed in Colorado that would move us significantly in this positive direction. Many activists and supporters of HCAC worked long hours with the ColoradoCareYES campaign to deliver 109,131 valid signatures to the Secretary of State, officially securing a spot on the November 2016 election ballot. With less than a year to go, this will be a long and intense fight and we need your support.

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    ColoradoCare Campaign Turns In Over 150K Signatures

    Well, by now you've no doubt heard the ColoradoCare folks were successful in their signature gathering for Initiative #20.  That is an amazing accomplishment, and we offer our congratulations to the team of people who made that happen.  And we know many HCAC members worked hard to secure signatures for Initiative #20.   We honor that effort, and we honor the contributions of time and money it took to get there.  Kudos to all.

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    The Naked Truth (commercial)

    It's the last day of summer. Days are going to get shorter and temps will start to fall, but something is still rising: deductibles, copays, and health insurance premiums.

    Help us advocate so that nobody is left 'out in the cold!' To become a financial supporter, please click here.

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    Medicare 50th Anniversary Flash Mob

    Save the Date!

    On July 30, 2015, HCAC will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Medicare in Flash Mob style!

    In DenverFort Collins and Pueblo -- Come on and join the celebration!


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    April 2015 News

    Health Care for All Colorado - NEWS – April 2015 


    1. A message from Donna Smith, Executive Director, HCAC/HCACF.
    2. HCAC Denver Chapter Meeting – presentation by CHCC (Sen. Irene Aguilar)
    3. Colorado Cost Commission meetings
    4. Colorado legislature bills
    5. HCAC Annual Meeting
    6. HCACF Education Meeting/Fund Raiser – May 2015 – CANCELLED
    7. Medicare 50th Anniversary celebration – July 30, 2015   . 
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    SB 15-197

    After Hearing Testimony From HCAC Leader, CO Senate Bill 15-197 Passes Out of Committee

    HCAC has taken the position to support SB 15-197, a bill that reduces the number of hours required for Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) oversight from 3600 to 1000 hours, an amount that is still higher than the requirement in most states.  Although years of research and the most recent Institute of Medicine Study conclude that APRNs provide safe, high quality access to care at a lower cost, this bill faces strong opposition from physician groups.  

    On March 12,  Judith Burke, HCAC secretary, provided the following testimony to  Senate Health & Human Services Committee on behalf of HCAC. 

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    Position paper SB074

    For PDF Version, click here.

    Health Care for All Colorado

    Position Statement

    Senate Bill 15-074:  “Transparency in Health Care Prices Act”

    February 9, 2015

    The mission of Health Care for All Colorado (HCAC) is to promote social welfare by achieving single-payer, comprehensive health care for all Coloradans.  HCAC’s objectives include working with a coalition that will develop strategies for achieving comprehensive, affordable and high quality health care for all Coloradans.  HCAC believes that it is critical to grant the human right to care to all United States residents as most of the rest of the civilized world already does.  HCAC analyzes bills introduced in the Colorado General Assembly, and makes a determination to adopt a position of either supporting or opposing, depending on whether or not the proposed legislation is consistent with its mission and objectives, and creates a stepping stone toward its ultimate goal.

    Senate Bill 15-074 was introduced by members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  The mission of ALEC is to discuss, develop and disseminate model public policies that expand free markets, promote economic growth, limit the size of government, and preserve individual liberty.  It is based on the 2013 ALEC model policy “Freedom to Purchase Medical Services Act.”  In its 2015 publication, “INNOVATE  Policy for the Future” ALEC identifies the widespread confusion regarding health care charges and disparities in pricing, and concludes that this confusion creates a disincentive for consumers to seek competitive pricing.  Furthermore, ALEC believes that the spread of concierge medicine and direct primary care are offering consumers new choices and transparency not typically seen in health care, and that direct primary care has benefits that extend beyond those participating, including increased, voluntary transparency by competitors, and potential savings for taxpayers.

    ALEC supported Senate Bill 15-074 creates the Transparency in Health Care Price Act.  The act requires health care professionals and health care facilities to make a single document that lists the direct pay prices for the most common health care services provided available to the public.  Health care professionals and facilities must update the document at least annually and provide the document on request and electronically if a website exists.  Under the bill, health care professionals and facilities are not required to submit their direct pay prices to any government agency for review.  This bill does not provide any agency with the authority to approve, disapprove, limit, or change the direct pay prices disclosed by health care professionals or facilities.  The bill also prohibits any health insurers or health systems from penalizing a person who pays directly for health care services.  The bill allows citizens of Colorado to seek injunctive relief in a court of competent jurisdiction against any person allegedly violating the act.  The prevailing party is entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees and costs.

    According to the Fiscal Note, no appropriation is required.  However, the bill may increase state expenditures for some agencies.  The bill may impact a grant in the Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE).  The DPHE receives $1.2 million in federal funds to improve health care access for low-income and rural communities.  Federal rules require that fee schedules for identified providers and facilities are approved prior to grant funds being accessible.  Under the bill, government agencies do not have the authority to approve, disapprove, or limit a health care professional or facility’s direct pay prices.  As a result, the bill may impact the DHPE’s ability to meet the requirements of the federal grant.

    Among the HCAC’s fifteen principles upon which a single-payer system should be based, four are most relevant to the analysis of SB 15-074:

    1.            The method of payment for health care in Colorado must belong to the people of Colorado.  The people pay premiums into a Colorado health care trust fund, the people decide how the money is spent for the health benefit of the people, and excess funds are returned to the people.

    2.            Financial barriers to care must be eliminated: no deductibles and small co-pays that would be waived based on financial need or chronic conditions.

    3.            Billing and reimbursements for providers will be fair, adequate, simple, electronic, and rapid.  No more armies of billing specialists will be required to fight for payments from insurers.

    4.            The system will promote greater transparency in outcomes and facilitate greatly improved public health conditions.  Providers will be able to easily develop specific programs and services that improve the health of their populations.  Citizens will be able to select providers based on easily-obtainable quality metrics.              

    After detailed review and analysis, HCAC OPPOSES SB 15-074, for the following reasons.

    Although greater transparency is beneficial and consistent with the principles of HCAC, SB 15-074 does not provide a way to help government better meet the needs of the people they serve.

    Pricing transparency to benefit the patient would be more effective if providers were required to submit pricing information to an existing entity such as the All Payer Claims Database (APCD) that is more than equipped to handle this information in its scope.  The bill as currently written does not provide easy access to obtain pricing information.  Without a way to compare prices, or a way to file a complaint with any oversight authority, the information becomes meaningless.

    The legislation would foster more concierge medicine, further exacerbating a multi-tiered health care delivery system, where those with the money to pay for such services receive better access to care along with a higher quality of care.  Providers in high demand such as specialists could potentially command higher payments, driving down access and increasing costs.

    The language about “not punishing a person who pays directly for health care services” is unnecessary, as anyone can currently pay the ‘uninsured’ rate today if they chose to do so.  This language establishes another roadblock to any future universal health care by allowing providers to easily work outside of any regulated health care delivery system.

    This bill sets up an environment where there is no future ability for any entity to influence or control prices.  It will preemptively deregulate a portion of the industry that has little or no regulation.  A necessary component of any health care system that fairly manages medical costs and medical cost inflation does so using a variety of pricing controls.  Every industrialized nation in the world except the US has price control levers at its disposal, and the fact that the US has none is one of the major reason we spend twice as much as other countries.

    According to the Fiscal Note, this legislation may impact the ability of the DPHE to meet the conditions of the Federal Grant to improve health care access for low income and rural communities, with probable negative consequences for our highly rural state.

    For these reasons, HCAC is in adamant opposition to SB 15-074, as preamended, as the bill is too flawed in overall concept to be supportable.  There are more effective ways to introduce simple, common-sense transparency in health care prices without exacerbating a multiple tier delivery system, reducing access and affordability, and impeding necessary future progress.


    HCAC Board of Directors

    February 9, 2015

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    HR 676 Reintroduced!

    HR676 -- Improved and Expanded Medicare for All for life Re-Introduced!

    DonnaSmithandJohnConyers.gifRep. John Conyers, D-MI, has re-introduced HR676 -- and onTuesday, February 3, 2015, HR676 had 44 co-sponsors.  Not one of those co-sponsors is from Colorado even though the single-payer movement is alive and well here.  Please get on the phone and call your elected officials.  

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    HCAC in Largest MLK Marade


    FROM THE  DENVER POST -- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock estimated 30,000-plus gathered at City Park on Monday morning and marched downtown as part of the city's annual Marade. The crowd called — or rather bellowed — for more than just progress in race, marching also for social justice, education reform and healthcare equality.

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    In Memoriam -- Gary Parks

    In Memory of Dr. Gary Parks,

    Our Single-Payer Friend and Advocate

    Dr. Gary Lee Parks, 64, of Pueblo, passed away on Wed. Sept. 3, 2014, after battling a rare cancer. He was at home with his family by his side.

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  • commented 2014-12-29 00:20:14 -0700 · Flag
    It’s good to work for the betterment of the health care one off the most serious problem people are facing now days.
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  • commented 2013-12-01 15:01:01 -0700
    Thank you
  • commented 2013-11-06 19:17:42 -0700 · Flag
    TY :)
  • commented 2013-11-06 13:38:19 -0700
    I think the ACA is a great start, but I am unemployed and have been w/o work for five years. I am 56 and caring for an infirmed family member since 2007. Since there are no children in the house, applying for Medicaid is out of the question. Paying into Medicare so everyone is covered is a great idea but it should no longer have “parts”. That I think, has only made it less effective.
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  • commented 2013-09-30 16:15:53 -0600
    There’s an amazingly simple fix for Health Insurance in the US:

    Set a price for ANYONE to buy into Medicare……it would shore up this program and at the same time, help those who need affordable healthcare!!! In no time, a majority of Americans would choose this plan……and the Right Wing can keep their own insurance and avoid SOCIALISM!!!
  • commented 2013-07-11 21:11:52 -0600
    the #HR676 universal hc bill creates 2.6 Million #jobs day one and Trillions in Revenues covers dental eye glasses mental health 2 we have 40 million + infected with parasites and they have no clue as of yet !
  • commented 2013-06-20 01:22:26 -0600
    Persevere!! Medicare and Socxial Security both took years to pass. We need a rational, single payer plan for the US. Senators have socialized medicine, and while a system like the German model does not, IT DOES cover everybody! We would save $BILLIONS/year and prevent thousands of medical expense caused bankruptcies if we used a sensible model instead of the half-assed hodge podge we have now.
  • commented 2013-05-16 08:58:50 -0600
    Don’t want health care reform ? It doesn’t affect you anyway.

    Well my right leg is numb and ins. won’t pay for my surgery and since I’m powerless to do anything I’m just going to get in the car and drive that 3 ton weapon all over town anyway.
  • commented 2013-05-15 07:59:23 -0600
    Honestly, do you really think 2 milliion people would leave Colorado? A more important question to ask following your line of reasoning is why would 2 million people leave Colorado? An epidemic? Rampant pollution? And, even in such an extreme example, why wouldn’t a premium adjustment not be acceptable. Right now, you have a kind of national socialism where individuals tie their welfare to a corporation in order to have their health care expenses subsidized…
  • commented 2013-05-09 08:58:30 -0600
    About fifteen years ago our resort company pioneered COBRA bridging for its seasonal employees, many of whom represent the spine and soul of the winter sports business. Prior to that, many of us went without medical health insurance until the company could pick us up when the winter season came around again. A few years ago, the company rolled back this benefit until it costs far more now [about double] to bridge than it does to go outside and break down the family coverage to find what is economical. When I asked someone in HR why this important benefit had been rolled back, the one line answer I got was, “Obamacare.” That’s nonsense. While not perfect, the Affordable Healthcare law is an important step in breaking the stranglehold insurance companies have over our health care and health insurance system. Why, for example, is it in the public’s interest for insurance companies to be exempt from federal anti-trust laws? The answer can only be, it isn’t. It’s in their interest and that must stop. They can’t have it both ways, claiming a free and competitive marketplace is the American way toward a solution, then rig the system in their favor. Let them compete with the public. In Colorado, if five million people got together and each paid a level premium for universal health insurance coverage, I would bet dollars to donuts we’d soon have a healthy and functioning system that we could all be proud of and would be a model for the rest of our nation.
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  • commented 2013-05-06 14:09:53 -0600
    I have been a trustee on a Health and Welfare Multi Employer Fund for a long time. about a decade. I have watched our costs triple in ten years. We have made major modifications to our plan just to slow down the losses and when we did have one year we actually built reserves and within a year it was upside down again. We are looking at the possibility of taking all of the benefits but major medical away just to keep a benefit of some kind. This is a disgusting problem and this country (USA) should be much smarter about this issue. I applaud Colorado for trying to get a single payer system. Yes it will cost tax payers money but it will save those who are paying for insurance out of their pocket and even those in company health plans a lot of money. It also reduces the possibility of uncompensated health care which means people who go to the emergency room for everything and don’t pay a penny. That costs hospitals a large amount. I did the research 4 or 5 years ago and it cost one hospital in Colorado Springs 84 million dollars in one year. But you know what, the hospital still made money because they accounted for the loss in their budget and raised their rates on those with insurance to cover the 84 million dollar delta. That is just one hospital in one town. Add it up for the state and see what that number looks like. All of that cost gets passed on to those with insurance and that is what is causing the problem. The only way to fix it is to cover everybody. I promise it will cause health care costs to drop. The hospitals won’t have to cover a huge number like what is listed above before they can even make a dime of profit. This should not be a political issue, it should be a social issue. The republicans are busy fighting everything about this because it dings one of their major contributors, health insurance companies. Health insurance companies are like any other business, they do not want to lose their revenue stream, but in this instance it is important that they do for all of our sakes.
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