29 Mar 2013

New Law Will Streamline Access to Health Coverage for Colorado Kids

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All Kids Covered thanks Senator Linda Newell, Representative Beth McCann and Governor John Hickenlooper for their leadership on kids coverage.

Today, Governor Hickenlooper signed a new law that will make it easier for families to access health coverage for their kids and improve efficiency in the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Senate Bill 13-008, sponsored by Senator Linda Newell and Representative Beth McCann, eliminates the antiquated three-month waiting period for families moving their children from employer-sponsored insurance to the CHP+.

“Kids should be able to get the care they need, when they need it, to grow up healthy and strong,” said Cody Belzley, Vice President of Health Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign and member of All Kids Covered. “This is an important step toward that shared goal of making coverage more accessible for families and public insurance programs more efficient for taxpayers.”

Over the last 6 years, All Kids Covered has worked with Republicans and Democrats, health insurers, providers and consumers to develop and support policies to ensure the availability of child only health insurance plans on the private market, to streamline the administration of the Medicaid program by eliminating the so-called “stair-step” and to expedite re-enrollment processes for public coverage programs. Eliminating the three-month waiting period is another common sense policy that will improves the efficiency and raise quality of our health care system. These achievements are good for taxpayers, good for the state and, most importantly, good for kids.

“We’re lucky to work closely with champions for children like Senator Newell and Representative McCann to improve the health of Colorado kids,” said Gretchen Hammer, Executive Director of Center for Health Progress and member of All Kids Covered. “Working together, we can make sure Colorado kids can get the health care they need.”