Colorado health care advocate praises health exchange bill

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Executive Director Dede de Percin released this statement in support of the health exchange bill passed by the Colorado House Tuesday:

As a nonprofit dedicated to achieving access to quality, affordable health care for all, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is delighted that the Colorado House of Representatives have joined their Senate colleagues in passing the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Bill. This is a big win for Colorado’s businesses, families and individuals who have struggled with skyrocketing health insurance costs for years.

CCHI congratulates Senate sponsor Sen. Betty Boyd and House sponsor Rep. Amy Stephens for committing to a bipartisan agreement that will enable tens of thousands of Coloradans to gain health care coverage. Its passage ensures that Colorado will be in charge of our own health care exchange process.

The state now will be able to prepare a voluntary, competitive insurance marketplace, putting individuals in control of making decisions among easy-to-compare, quality and more affordable choices. We are pleased Colorado consumers will be able to buy insurance on our state-based exchange starting in 2014.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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