The Colorado Health Institute has released its annual Legislation in Review report, which recaps the session from a health policy perspective. It explains the year’s top trends in health bills and examines the political landscape, state budget pressures and issues at stake in November’s elections.
CHI delves into four themes that emerged for health bills:
Statement Bills Send a Message: Partisan “message bills,” designed to make a point, were plentiful during a session that saw most controversial legislation fail.
Regulation Draws Reinforcement: More rules for health care professionals and industries were popular among Republicans and Democrats.
Transparency Gets Murky: Legislators from both parties wanted more transparency in health care, but disagreed on how to accomplish it.
Health Costs Move to the Forefront: Rising enrollment and costs often made Medicaid the “elephant in the room.”