Oregonians for Health Security newsletter
Feb. 23, 2004
Colorado Considers Insurance Pool
The Colorado Legislature is considering a new plan to reduce health care costs and expand coverage to many of that state's uninsured residents. The plan would create a voluntary non-profit statewide health insurance program.
Any willing individual, family or business could join the insurance pool. Sponsors say the risk spread out over such a large pool would help bring costs down and provide comprehensive coverage for thousands who cannot afford it right now. Bill sponsor, Representative Lois Tochtrop, D-Lakewood told the Rocky Mountain News, "Affordability of insurance used to impact the working poor. Now, it's moved up to the middle class." (2/16/04)
Tochtrop's plan would provide comprehensive coverage with co-pays for prescriptions and office visits. Also, in years of a budget surplus a tax credit for half the cost of the plan, up to $500, would be available.
Oregon should consider innovative plans, like this, that reduce costs and improve access to quality health care.