In a recently published issue brief, the Colorado Center for Law and Policy examines the impact that health reform will have on the state. The brief, “Getting Colorado Covered: Sept. 23 Reforms are Vital Steps Toward Accessible, Affordable Health Care,” analyzes selected provisions of reform that have gone into effect since the bill’s passage. It details how these changes will promote access to health coverage and protect the continuity of coverage for Coloradoans in four major areas:
- Expanding the number of people covered by insurance;
- Providing relief to consumers by offering a bridge to 2014 for people who cannot wait for relief;
- Helping consumers to be healthier; and
- Shoring up the ability of businesses to offer health insurance.
Looking to the changes ahead under health reform, the authors conclude:
“Looking to 2014, Colorado has significant opportunities that will be realized if we inform residents about new coverage and new protections offered by the ACA, continue discussions about a fundamental transformation in how health care is delivered, strengthen and expand primary care resources and capacity, add capacity to the Division of Insurance, and design an exchange that works well for consumers and businesses.”
The issue brief also provides a helpful chart (on p. 12) outlining which of the newly enacted health reform provisions apply to “grandfathered” plans, both in the group market and in the individual market.