Elected officials in Colorado have made their state the third to adopt legislation mandating tightly-regulated health insurance offerings. As was the case in Washington and Nevada, the push came from advocates of a “public option,” although the final bill (HB21-1232) leverages private coverage, not public insurance.
None of the three states have enacted a pure version of the public option because of the operational and political challenges of standing up a publicly-administered plan. Instead, they have required the state’s existing private insurers to comply with various requirements. In Colorado’s case, state officials tasked carriers with offering a new “standardized health benefit” alongside their other policies under terms written up by the insurance commissioner. Join us as we learn more about this Colorado Standardized Medical Plan straight from the Division of Insurance.
Colorado Option Director
Colorado's Division of Insurance
Kyla Hoskins is the Colorado Option Director at Colorado’s Division of Insurance. In her current role she leads the implementation of the Colorado Option, which is a first in the nation state-based public option program that will offer better coverage at a lower cost for individuals, families and small businesses.
Kyla previously served at AcademyHealth in Washington DC, a nonprofit health services research and policy organization, and at Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange, as Director of Policy and Research. Kyla has also served as a Board Member for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative for six years prior to joining the Division. She holds a Masters of Public Health in health policy from The George Washington University, a Masters of Education Leadership from the Broad Center (now at the Yale School of Management), and a Bachelor’s of Science from Creighton University.
March 23, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time
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