The bill creates the health care cost analysis task force (task force). The president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall each appoint 2 legislative members to the task force. The governor shall appoint 9 members to the task force. The executive directors of the departments of human services, public health and environment, and health care policy and financing, or their designees, also serve on the task force.
The task force is required to issue a request for proposals and select an analyst to complete a health care cost analysis of 4 health care financing systems. The health care financing systems to be analyzed are:
- The current health care financing system, in which residents receive health care coverage from private and public insurance carriers or are uninsured;
- A public option system in which health benefit plans are sold through, and revenues and premiums are received from, the Colorado health benefit exchange, with additional funding as necessary through the general fund;
- A multi-payer universal health care financing system, in which competing insurance carriers or health maintenance organizations receive payments from a public financing authority; and
- A publicly financed and privately delivered universal health care system that directly compensates providers.
The analyst is required to use the same specified criteria when conducting the analysis of each health care financing system.
The task force is required to report the findings of the analyst to the general assembly.
The task force may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and donations for the analysis. The general assembly may appropriate money to the health care cost analysis cash fund for the purposes of the task force, the analysis, and reporting requirements.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)