Sections 1 and 2 of the bill authorize the state personnel director to explore the feasibility of offering and, if feasible, to develop and implement a one-year pilot program in a limited geographic region of the state affected by high health insurance premiums to provide access to individuals in that region to participate in the group medical benefit plans offered to state employees. The pilot program would be available:
- In the portions of Eagle and Garfield counties that are within the service area of the state group benefit plans;
- To a limited number of individuals whose household income is more than 400 % but not more than 500 % of the federal poverty line; and
- In the 2019-20 benefit plan year.
Section 2 outlines the factors for the state personnel director to consider in determining the feasibility of the pilot program.
Sections 3 through 15 modernize laws authorizing health care cooperatives in the state to incorporate consumer protections such as coverage for preexisting conditions and to encourage consumers to help control health care costs by negotiating rates on a collective basis directly with providers.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)