Colorado Dems introduce public option health care bill

By Anna Staver

THE DENVER POST

Creation of a public option health care plan is one of the most ambitious changes Colorado Democrats proposed Friday as they kicked off a new session of the General Assembly in control of both chambers for the first time in four years.

The first five bills introduced in each chamber — indicators of lawmakers’ top priorities for the year — largely relate to health care and education costs.

A Senate bill would create a public option health insurance plan that Coloradans who live in the highest-cost areas — mainly the Western Slope — could buy instead of their current insurance starting in the fall of 2019. A House bill would expand that program to the entire state by the fall of 2020.

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