COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE
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12:25 PM -- Public Comment
Representative Primavera announced the upcoming committee meetings scheduled for August 24 and October 5. A Legislative Council Staff memorandum regarding insurance premium tax credits for contributions to the health exchange (Attachment U) was distributed to the committee.
12:26 PM -- Joel Ryan, Mountain Midwifery Center, testified before the committee. He stated that insurance companies do not want to contract with his business. He referenced a paper by the Federal Trade Commission concerning midwifery. He discussed the practice of midwifery, the lack of utilization of midwives by certain insurance carriers, and the need to regulate the health care market.
12:31 PM -- Jennifer Gaughan, Integrated Pediatric Healthcare, testified before the committee. She discussed nurse practitioners and that certain health insurance plans offered through the exchange do not contract with certain providers. Ms. Gaughan answered questions from the committee. Senator Aguilar stated that there is nothing that compels insurers to contract with providers.
Senator Martinez Humenik asked that at the next meeting Connect for Health Colorado address issues related to special enrollment periods for pregnancy.
The committee adjourned.