2018 Legislative Session

CHA educates and serves as a resource to state and federal policymakers on a wide range of issues impacting health care and hospitals across the state, including the importance of coverage and access to care and the value Colorado hospitals provide to their communities.


2018 Legislative Priorities

Protect successes in coverage and access and ensure systems that facilitate payment and delivery of health care work as intended:

  • Pass legislation enacting the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, enabling more than 86,000 nurses to continue working in Colorado and other states.
  • Ensure performance improvements in Colorado interChange, the new Medicaid claims payment system.
  • Continue to advocate for Colorado’s Hospital Provider Fee – now called the Health Care Affordability and Sustainability Fee (HAS Fee) – and defend against policy changes that would have destabilizing effects on Colorado insurance markets.

Improve health care transparency and affordability:

  • Promote transparency in health care that is evidence-based and meaningful to consumer decision-making and that reflects mutual buy-in across payers, providers and consumers.
  • Educate policymakers about existing efforts supported by CHA that improve health care transparency and affordability in Colorado, including care planning and pricing tools, quality reviews and hospital financial performance.

Strengthen responses to the opioid crisis and access to behavioral health services:

  • Support legislative efforts to address the opioid crisis, while ensuring that policies balance the need for adequate pain management with efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse.
  • Support expanded coverage of and access to inpatient behavioral health services in Medicaid, including the creation of an inpatient substance use disorder benefit and improved access to and payment for inpatient psychiatric care.