Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Colorado Senate Votes to Expand Medicaid

The state Senate voted Monday to expand government health insurance for the poor, a key part of the federal health-care law known as Obamacare.

Under Senate Bill 200, adults making 133 percent of the federal poverty level – $15,282 for a single person – would qualify for Medicaid. The cost to insure the extra people will approach $1 billion a year next year, but the federal government will pay all the costs the first few years.
More than 800,000 Coloradans lack health insurance. Aguilar said her bill is projected to cover 187,000 of them.

A current tax on hospital services will be used to pay Colorado’s share of the expansion once the federal government starts shifting the burden to the state.
                                                                                                     -Joe Hanel, The Durango Herald

For the rest of the story, go to The Durango Herald

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