Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
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kevin.downey@cha.com

CHA Statement Regarding Signing of Senate Bill 13-200 by Gov. John Hickenlooper

Date May 13, 2013

DENVER, COLO. (May 13, 2013) — Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) President and Chief Executive Officer Steven J. Summer was invited to join the Governor at the Capitol today as part of the signing ceremony for Senate Bill 13-200, which expands Medicaid eligibility in Colorado to 133 percent of the federal poverty level under the terms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following the ceremony, Summer issued these remarks:“The Colorado hospital community applauds the efforts of the Governor, House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, Senator Irene Aguilar, the Colorado General Assembly, and the large and diverse group of stakeholders who came together to create and pass Senate Bill 200. We are confident that this landmark legislation to expand Medicaid will lead to improved health in Colorado—both the physical health of Coloradans, and the fiscal health of our state economy.
 
“Colorado hospitals are proud of the role the hospital provider fee will play in helping to make this Medicaid expansion possible. The provider fee has already fully funded the cost of expanding Medicaid coverage to more than 65,000 Coloradans over the past few years, and it will now help even more of our relatives, friends and neighbors get the coverage they need to lead healthier and happier lives. We also applaud the efforts of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to make Colorado Medicaid even more streamlined, efficient and effective.
 
“Colorado is fortunate to have some of the smartest and most creative health care leaders and policy makers anywhere in the country. I commend them for taking the lead in creating a path forward for Colorado in the health care reform era. The collaboration and effort that went into creating this legislation was nothing short of extraordinary.”

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.