Governor Jared Polis signed a number of mental health laws, but added a letter that made it clear that he is tired of signing insurance contracts while trying to cut costs.
He attacked a “signing statement” on House Bill 1276, a law designed to address the opioid crisis, introducing new rules and expenses for insurers, including reimbursement for a minimum number of physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture visits. which must not exceed the cost of a GP visit.
“As I subscribe to HB21-1276 today, I reaffirm my strong commitment to creating a unified, evidence-based process for adding new health insurance contracts to Colorado law,” wrote Polis.
He has asked Democratic lawmakers for two sessions to refrain from attempting to add insurance bills with mandatory coverage. Last year lawmakers passed a law mandating coverage for infertility treatments.
He said he was approving the bill over other health care savings that lawmakers passed during the session.
“I am proud of what we have achieved together, and I am also aware that we cannot give with one hand and take away with the other,” Polis wrote in his signing statement. “Mandates have the potential to deliver exceptional value to consumers. They also have the potential to make insurance and its services inaccessible to the people who need this protection.”
The bill was sponsored by Democratic MPs Chris Kennedy from Lakewood and Leslie Herod from Denver, and Democratic Senator Brittany Pettersen from Lakewood and Republican Senator Kevin Priola from Henderson.
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