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  • Featured Event

    HCAC Open House: Colorado Health Care Cost Report

    Health Care for All Colorado is BACK for a special hybrid* (live/online) event!

    The results of the Health Care Cost Analysis Task Force Report are out!!!

    Join HCAC with our special guests T. R. Reid and Representative Emily Sirota.

    • In 2019 our Legislature passed HB 19-1176 with bipartisan support, and the Governor signed it, establishing the Health Care Cost Analysis Task Force.
    • The Task Force submitted their report to the Legislature in September 2021.
    • Task Force member, T. R. Reid, will speak about the Task Force report and its recommendation.
    • Representative Emily Sirota, who sponsored the bill, will also speak.
    • Please invite leaders and a few members of your groups to attend and learn next steps.
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    T.R. Reid Rep. Emily Sirota

    Want to learn more?

    The Final Report modeled a publicly financed and privately delivered option that provides universal coverage against two other options and showed far better improvements than the others, including:
    • Billions of dollars saved over the current system
    • Lower average individual costs
    • Reduced ER utilization and associated costs
    • Increased productivity and lost time from work
    • Fewer medical bankruptcies
    • Less financial hardship due to medical bills
    • Increase in employment

    Read the report summary here (or our local copy).

    Read the full report here (or our local copy).

    Join us at this special meeting, either in-person or online,
    and find out about the Next Steps to Pass Improved Medicare for All!

    * In-Person Attendance Protocol / Online RSVP here for link

    While we feel like it may be preaching to the choir a bit, we will be following COVID protocols for in-person attendance:

    • Attendees are expected to be vaccinated or with current negative test results.
    • Social distancing and masks please.
    • All the rest of the common sense hygiene things.

    We will have a Zoom component for full online participation if you would rather join from wherever you are. Please RSVP here for Zoom details, which will be included in your confirmation email.

     

    When
    October 09, 2021 at 10:00am
    Where
    Kirk of Bonnie Brae + Zoom Option
    1201 S Steele St
    Denver, CO 80210
    United States
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  • Featured Post

    Happy Birthday, Medicare!

    Your Medicare card | MedicareJuly 30, 2021, marks Medicare’s 56th birthday, the federal program implemented with bipartisan support to provide health insurance to people over 65 regardless of income or medical history.  When President Johnson signed the bill into law in 1965, the goal was to expand access to health coverage and move toward the goal of a single payor national health system.

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  • Featured Post

    Medicare for All - Why Aren't We There Yet?


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    At our previous Zoom webconference, Drs. Cecile Rose and Rick Bieser, Co-Chairs of the Physicians for a National Health Program Colorado Chapter, gave outstanding presentations.

    For those of you looking for Dr. Bieser's slides, download a copy by clicking here.

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    HCAC Positions - 2020 Colorado Ballot Measures

    The goal of Health Care for All Colorado is to achieve universal, affordable, accessible, undeniable, and portable health care for all Coloradans.

    In reviewing this year's Colorado ballot, the Board of Health Care for All Colorado has voted to take a position on the following Ballot Measures.

    Type

    Title

    Subject

    Description

    HCAC Position

    CISS

    Proposition

    115

    Abortion

    Prohibits abortion after 22 weeks gestational age. 

    HCAC Rationale for Opposing Proposition 115:  Currently an abortion can be performed at any time during pregnancy.  This proposal would prohibit abortion after 22 weeks of gestational age of the fetus, interfering with the patient provider relationship in making healthcare decisions, and denying access to care.

    Oppose

    CISS

    Proposition 116

    Taxes

    Decreases the state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.55%. 

    HCAC Rationale for Opposing Proposition 116:  Colorado’s economy and people have suffered from the COVID economic and health crisis.  The cuts in revenue following a tax cut would add to the losses in education, health care and other state services.  Education is a social determinant of health.

    Oppose

    CISS

    Proposition 118

    Healthcare

    Establishes a program for paid medical and family leave.  

    HCAC Rationale for Supporting Proposition 118:  Provides partial wage replacement so that eligible employees can take time off for medical reasons or to provide care for family members.

    Support

    LRCA

    Amendment B

    Taxes & Property

    Repeals the Gallagher Amendment of 1982, which limited the residential and non-residential property tax assessment rates so that residential property taxes amounted to 45% of the total share of state property taxes and non-residential property taxes amounted to 55% of the total share of state property taxes.

    HCAC Rationale for Supporting Amendment B:  Amendment B does not increase property taxes and helps preserve funding for local districts that provide fire protection, police, ambulance, hospital, kindergarten through twelfth grade education, and other services.  Education is a social determinant of health.

    Support

    LRSS

    Proposition EE

    Tobacco & Taxes

    Increases taxes on tobacco, creates a new tax on nicotine products such as e-cigarettes; dedicates funds to education and health programs. 

    HCAC Rationale for Supporting Proposition EE:  Proposition EE initially uses the tax revenue primarily for public school funding to help offset revenue that has been lost as a result of the economic impacts related to COVID-19 and then for programs that reduce the use of tobacco and nicotine products. Enhances the voluntary Colorado preschool program and makes it widely available for free and maintains the funding for programs that currently receive revenue from tobacco taxes, with the state keeping and spending all the new revenue as a voter-approved revenue change.  Education is a social determinant of health.

    Support

    CISS = Initiated State Statute; LRCA = Legislatively Referred Constitutional Amendment; LRSS = Legislatively Referred State Statute (Source: BALLOTPEDIA) 

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  • Featured Post

    COVID-19 Impacts and Medicare For All

    During the HCAC Annual Meeting on June 6, 2020, HCAC Board Member Pamela S. Parks, MD gave two presentations related to COVID.

    Copies of those presentations may be downloaded here.

    1. COVID-19 Recession and Job Loss

    2. COVID-19 and Medicare For All

     

  • Featured Post

    H.R. 5010 - State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2019

    The HCAC Denver Chapter meeting in February included a presentation by
    HCAC Board Member and former Senator Jeanne Nicholson,
    an Analysis of Ro Khanna's Bill, H.R.5010, State-based Universal Health Care Act of 2019

    HCAC supporters may access and download a copy of the presentation here.

  • Featured Post

    2020 Caucus Resolutions

    On Saturday, March 7th, both Colorado Democratic and Republican Parties are holding their party caucuses.  The caucus process is how the grassroots informs the party of what issues are important to them. At caucus precincts, resolutions are proposed and voted upon. Resolutions with significant support make their way into County and State party platforms. Improved Medicare for All has been consistently prominent in past years within the Colorado Democratic Party Platform, but there's no reason to stop now! We believe in the benefits of health care for all regardless of party.  Health needs do not discriminate based on party affiliation. Given the strong support for universal health care among Republican voters as well, we'd love to see our Republican and Republican-leaning Independent voters promote resolutions in the GOP caucus as well!

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  • Featured Post

    The Colorado Public Option

    Last session, HCAC supported legislation that required the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and the Division of Insurance (DOI) to develop and submit a proposal to the General Assembly concerning the implementation of a state option for health care coverage, HB19-1004.  

    The final report, based on meetings with stakeholders from across the state and including extensive written public comments, was submitted in November 2019 with a preliminary actuarial analysis.  The final actuarial analysis will be completed in February 2020. 

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    Colorado Board looks to previous report that demonstrated a Single Payer plan is the only way to save money and the only way to cover everyone

    HCAC supported the Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 that passed the Colorado Legislature last year with bipartisan support.  Several members of the HCAC board testified in front of committee in support of this legislation.  The bill allows for an analysis to compare how we would pay for different universal health care systems in Colorado.  The 15-member state task force, including bill sponsor Rep. Emily Sirota and author T. R. Reid have begun their work.  

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    A perspective on the Colorado Public Option

    In 2019, the Colorado Legislature passed HB19-1004, A Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option.  The result was a Health insurance Public Option proposal developed by the Colorado Division of Insurance and Colorado's Health Care Policy and Financing Department, which has been published along with significant public comment.

    What does the Proposal look like?  What would have to happen to enact it?  What decisions are still left up to the state legislature this year as they review the proposal?

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