DENVER (KDVR): A bill that would give Colorado a state health plan that is available in all counties (one of the most important bills in this legislative session) just got the final vote in the Senate .
While the measure awaits its final vote in the House, some of whom are directly affected by the bill are breathing some last-minute changes with relief.
In an industry already driven by COVID-19, psychologists were concerned about the state’s standardized health plan, which would force insurance companies to reduce their premiums over the next two years, which would have unintended consequences for people paying attention.
“In the state of Colorado, there are more patients who need mental health care than the providers available to help them, and that gap has only widened with the increase in the mental health ban that has occurred with the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said Alyssa Oland, a licensed clinical psychologist.
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Amid eleven hours of debate Tuesday night, lawmakers amended Bill 1232 in favor of doctors.
“The most important thing was that there was the commissioner’s ability to charge a fine of $ 5,000 to suppliers who did not participate. They would receive a notice, then they would be fined and that fine would be charged once the ‘year,’ said Julia Jacobs of the Colorado Psychological Association.
“Providers who have a student loan debt, which most psychologists and medical providers have a large student loan debt, could not continue to afford to work in Colorado if they are mandated to accept fees for their services,” he said. dir Oland.
“Proponents of this bill said,‘ We eliminate the warning and the fine, ’” El Paso Sen. Bob Gardner said Wednesday.
While providers may continue to be required to participate in the plan if it becomes law, doctors said they are optimistic, as providers will incorporate this now that fines are lifted.
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“We certainly support the goals of this bill,” Jacobs said. “I mean we absolutely want to increase access to care. We absolutely want to allow equitable health care. The more people who can get health care, the better. We only cared about the details of how it would be implemented.”
Enforcing this bill will not be cheap. It will cost the state about $ 1.2 million for regulators to move forward.
Governor Jared Polis is expected to support the effort.
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