Health care reform panel narrows choices for lawmakers |

Health care reform panel narrows choices for lawmakers

DENVER – A panel reviewing proposals to reform Colorado’s health care system winnowed the options on Friday, taking the first steps toward providing coverage for 770,000 Coloradans who lack health insurance.Members of the commission said they wanted to offer a variety of options to lawmakers and to a consultant who will study the proposals to determine the impact on employers, clients and the state budget.”Our goal for this process is to find the best proposals that meet the criteria set out in law and also have a variety of proposals to offer policymakers,” said Bill Lindsay, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform.The panel started out with 31 proposals and reduced them to 11, organized in groups to give lawmakers a wide range of choices.The 11 finalist plans were lumped in seven groups of similar proposals. They include various combinations of requirements, assistance and oversight agencies.

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