Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
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Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Sponsor-Proposed Amendments to Colorado Senate Bill 12-134 (Hospital Payment Assistance Program)

Date Feb. 23, 2012

Greenwood Village, Colo. (Feb. 23, 2012) — The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) issued the following statement in regards to the sponsor-proposed amendments to Senate Bill 134 (Hospital Payment Assistance Program), which will be presented this afternoon to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee:
 
The amendments to Senate Bill 134 proposed today by lead sponsor Sen. Irene Aguilar follow productive
discussion, collaboration and cooperation between CHA and Sen. Aguilar. CHA thanks Sen. Aguilar for the
substantial and careful consideration she has demonstrated in her work on Senate Bill 134.
 
CHA believes the scope of the proposed amendments fairly and appropriately addresses enhanced charity care policy transparency at hospitals—something CHA has supported and encouraged for many years. The
proposed amendments will help ensure proper communication between patients and hospitals regarding
health care services and payments without negatively impacting hospitals’ ability to enable access to affordable
care.
 
As presented today by Sen. Aguilar, the proposed amendments to Senate Bill 134 recognize that hospitals
should be permitted to maintain charity care policies that reflect the unique needs of the communities they
serve and the financial realities of health care reform. As previously stated, CHA and its members believe the
bill language governing hospital charity care policies should directly align with current and expected federal
requirements. Sen. Aguilar has shown exemplary leadership in working with CHA to address and mitigate
related concerns.
 
Colorado hospitals remain committed to providing essential care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.
In 2010, Colorado hospitals provided $448 million in charity care and more than $1.5 billion in overall
uncompensated care.

About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.