Heath Care Cost Savings Act passes the Senate 24-11!

Thanks in part to your emails, phone calls, and testimony ….
The Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 has passed the Senate, 24-11!

A bill that would compare benefits and costs of two different Colorado universal health care systems with the current system has passed both House and Senate and is now on to the Governor’s desk for signing!

This Act will show benefits, costs of three Colorado health care futures
Thank your Senators for supporting HB19-1176! Every Dem voted for the bill alongside five republicans! Click here and type in your address for your senator’s contact info. Here’s a list of the May 3 Senate vote tally. Huge thanks also to Senate Sponsor Mike Foote and House Co-sponsors Rep. Sonya Jaquez-Lewis and Rep. Emily Sirota!

Bill sponsor Sen. Mike Foote speaks for the Health Care Cost Savings Act Feb. 13 at the Capitol. He is the bill’s Senate sponsor. Photo by Darral Freund

Coloradans face huge challenges paying for health care. Many go without care due to cost, and it’s getting worse. Coloradans need real solutions to these issues.

The Health Care Cost Savings Act will give Colorado the data about what it will cost to ensure that every Coloradan can afford needed health care. Of 30+ health care bills introduced in the Colorado legislature, only the Health Care Cost Savings Act analyzes options to fix the health care system rather than tinkering around its edges. It keeps universal health care on the table.

Read a one-page bill summary here.
Check out this handy chart about what Colorado lawmakers will learn
Read the current bill text here.
Read the amendments to the Senate version here.

Christine Ebert-Santos, MD, Virginia Gebhart, a retired pharmacist, Madeleine Jacobs, MD, Elinor Christiansen, MD, and Judy Burke, RN testified March 20 before the House Health and Insurance Committee in favor of HB19-1176

“We heard testimony from many individuals about seeking emergency care, and the testimony of those lacking insurance, the under-insured, the at-risk insured. There are people dying from lack of health insurance,” said Rep. Emily Sirota, who co-prime sponsored the bill in the House with Rep. Sonya Jaquez-Lewis.

“We should start (looking at options) as soon as possible because lives are on the line,” Sirota said.

Passing the Health Care Cost Savings Act will help Coloradans decide what is the best health care system for the future by illuminating: The current health care system; universal health care via a multi-payer system that includes insurance companies; and universal health care via a publicly funded privately delivered system that pays providers directly.

Supporters include The Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care; the Colorado Social Legislation Committee; County Commissioners Acting Together; Health Care for All Colorado; Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Our Revolution Metro Denver; Our Revolution Boulder; Democratic Socialists of America (Denver Chapter); Arvadans for Progressive Action; Colorado Working Families; and Indivisible Colorado Legislative Table.

Under the Act, a bi-partisan-appointed Task Force would contract an analysis of costs, savings, and other social impacts to show how well each approach meets the health care needs of all Coloradans.

The study would reveal how many Coloradans are un- or under-insured in each scenario; how well those in rural areas could access health care affordably; and how well each pays for mental health, behavioral health, and reproductive health.

Coloradans would also see the overall costs of each system; how well each pays providers; and the indirect costs involved — such as when out-of-pocket expenses deplete life savings or people get too sick to work because they couldn’t afford preventative care.

A fiscal note requests almost $658 k over three years for the study, but funding can also come from gifts, grants and donations.

The Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care’s mission is guaranteed quality health care for all for life.