ColoradoCare Questions

An Amendment to upgrade the state of Colorado to universal health care is a pretty big deal.

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  • Glen Gibson
    commented 2016-05-01 06:27:42 -0600
    The proposal says a 10% income tax will be in place to pay for the plan. Of that, 7% would be funded by employers and 3% by an employee. Q: Is that for the entire household or is there a different amount paid for the employee than what is paid for the rest of the employee’s family? 2) How will people who are not able to work or who have a low income pay into this plan? Is it the same cost of 10% for all or do some people making less than a certain amount not have to pay or have an adjustment to how much they pay?
  • Brian Bone
    commented 2016-04-30 15:02:36 -0600
    How will Colorado set payment schedules for treatment? How will doctors and hospitals be compensated? Will the state take over hospitals and employ the doctors, such that they are protected from malpractice and the state can control costs?
  • Brian Bone
    commented 2016-04-30 14:50:17 -0600
    Will Coloradoans whoare on active duty or who have military pensions that provide Tricare be exempt from these taxes? I will not support this measure unless I am exempt from all taxes related to a Single Payer system as a military retiree. Alternatively, I will leave the state.
  • Ty Ziegler
    commented 2016-04-25 20:57:28 -0600
    My husband asks, is this an income tax increase or a dedicated payroll tax?
  • Ty Ziegler
    commented 2016-04-25 20:19:03 -0600
    I have lots of questions. Sure hope you get your FAQs published soon. I live outside of Colorado and in fact outside the U.S. but file a Colorado tax return because I have a rental property there. I used to live there. Will I be taxed? If so, how? Will I be even eligible for the universal health care? And what if I return to the U.S. to visit but don’t go to Colorado and had to go to the emergency room. Would your system pay my bill? That’s even assuming I were eligible. Let’s say I DID still live in Colorado and went to Kansas to visit and had to go to the emergency room. Would I be covered in Kansas, or is it only good in Colorado?
  • carol ungar
    commented 2016-04-25 16:19:33 -0600
    i am currently on Medicare for which I pay each month. I have a $0 premium Medicare Advantage plan as my supplement. It appears that if Amendment 69 is passed, I would have to pay an additional $1000/year for ColoradoCare based on both my W-2 income and my none W-2 income. Why should I support ColoradoCare if it is going to cost me extra money?
  • Jo Etta Hill
    commented 2016-04-24 19:16:12 -0600
    What is the coverage for Colorado residents when they travel and/or live out of state for a period of time? Colorado has a lot of snowbirds and seniors who travel extensively. Telling them they will have only emergency coverage out of state is completely unacceptable (especially when they currently have full coverage out of state).
  • d ward
    commented 2016-04-24 13:22:32 -0600
    will Tricare member who work in Colorado be required to pay the new tax?
  • Dave Palmer
    commented 2016-04-24 09:15:14 -0600
    How would this law affect unionized employees in Colorado? Employees who automatically have insurance payments deducted from their paychecks? Would would those deductions cease or would the employee have to renegotiate the contract?
  • Stephanie Heacox
    commented 2016-04-24 07:29:36 -0600
    My physician currently takes no insurance whatsoever (he doesn’t have to, he is that good). I have to individually file claims with my PPO policy and be reimbursed. With Colorado Care, will all physicians be forced to participate? Or will I be reimbursed (and if so, how much)?
  • Laura Weathley
    commented 2016-04-22 22:17:24 -0600
    Will Colorado care cover nursing home costs?
  • Teresa Grunewald
    commented 2016-04-19 16:44:55 -0600
    Will Medicare be affected by this new plan?
  • Art Zabinski
    commented 2016-04-17 21:57:29 -0600
    Will a 7% tax on Colorado business make it more expensive to do business in Colorado?


    If it’s more expensive to do business in Colorado won’t Colorado have less business?


    If Colorado has less business won’t there be less jobs?


    But I’m retired and not on Medicare. Will I get free healthcare?
  • joseph farr
    commented 2016-04-13 14:04:56 -0600
    So what will it cost me each month or each year?

    single

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    Married with children
  • Betty Spoonleg
    commented 2016-04-11 07:17:29 -0600
    We are 50’s, self-employed, low income. ObamaCare has given us health ins at a cost of under $1000/yr for both of us, $1200 out of pocket and 0 deductible. What would your plan cost us?
  • Betty Spoonleg
    commented 2016-04-11 07:13:52 -0600
    What will happen to my “ObamaCare”, which has been a very positive thing for our family?
  • James Griffitts
    commented 2016-03-29 13:58:11 -0600
    I’m all for single payer, but the state budget is already a disaster. How is the state going to pay for this? If taxes are going to be raised, then I would like to know which taxes specifically and whether the overall tax strategy will be progressive.
  • m cymansky
    commented 2016-03-23 07:34:09 -0600
    How do yo pay for this if you are retired but not yet eligible for Medicare?
  • Joseph Pollock
    commented 2016-03-22 08:10:11 -0600
    How can we be sure that this won’t stifle small business growth and entrepreneurship in Colorado? Is there a floor for the number of employees or an exemption for less profitable small businesses?
  • Eric S
    commented 2016-03-20 20:53:21 -0600
    How does doctors compensation for services provided compare with the compensation they receive from private insurance companies? Will it be similar to Medicaid/medicare levels?
  • G. E. Boroush
    commented 2016-03-18 12:38:26 -0600
    Current “health” insurance (it’s really disease insurance) covers chiropractic, acupuncture. Will this continue to be covered? Your “Plan” lists it but has question marks associated with the listing.


    WHEN will you publish the FAQ’s?
  • Vincent Emmer
    commented 2016-03-14 10:29:19 -0600
    Where are detailed financial projections? They must be on the site somewhere, but I cannot find them. Thanks much.
  • Scott Isgar
    commented 2016-03-08 19:38:37 -0700
    Why do you fund your proposal on working people, why not fund it by taxing assets? You are letting the rich get off without contribution… .
  • Ed Johnson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-08 13:37:14 -0700
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  • Ed Johnson
    commented 2016-03-08 13:36:15 -0700
    I live in Colorado but work from home for an out of state (actually multi-national) company. Would Colorado care cover me? How would it effect my employer? Would it supplement or replace my current (not very good) health insurance?
  • Bess Scully
    commented 2016-03-07 10:48:49 -0700
    How will this work for self employed individuals and their families?
  • Dj
    commented 2016-02-27 12:09:51 -0700
    I have a health savings account from my former employer. I must select a Medicare plan they select. There is no additional cost. If I don’t, I will not qualify for this $3000.00 health account.
  • Dj
    commented 2016-02-27 12:06:50 -0700
    i am a retired senior. I make about 45,000 a yr. How much will my taxes go up?
  • Cheryl Furer
    commented 2016-02-27 09:04:34 -0700
    Will Registered Midwives be included in ColoradoCare’s system? I small for single payer, and the counties that have the best maternal outcomes are the countries that have midwives running the labor and birth. They also integrate homebirth, birth center, and hospital birth into seamless transitions. RMs are legal providers in Colorado, but we are not covered by Medicaid and private insurance doesn’t always want to pay us. Midwives save the healthcare system money and should be included in any changes to the system.
  • Miles Kara
    commented 2016-02-22 12:58:23 -0700
    The proposed legislation states that taxes will increase for families and there will be adjustments in the payroll tax. How much will taxes increase to pay for the plan and how much will an average family save with a single payer system?