Colorado Legislature: To Your Health (Don't Hold Your Breath)

February 3 2009, 10:25 AM
You could call it feel-good legislation if the pun wasn't so cruel. The Colorado House, in a moment of bipartisan glee, unanimously passed two health insurance measures yesterday that appear to do little to nothing to address the state's emerging health care crisis. One bill would give businesses and individuals breaks in health insurance premiums if they participate in wellness and prevention programs, according to the Denver Business Journal. The other would launch a legislative health care task force to study the "portability" of insurance for employees moving from one job to another. Nonetheless, as The Denver Post recently reported, the ill economy "is making Colorado's health care system sick." Since January 2008, the state's Medicaid office has seen an "astronomical" number of new members, and Denver Health reports growing numbers of uninsured patients. Yet state lawmakers, faced with cuts, are slashing health care spending, as the Rocky Mountain News points out.