Child health insurance funding-cut bill in governor’s hands

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The Colorado House of Representatives has passed a bill that would add monthly premiums to the Child Health Plan Plus program for families with incomes between 206 percent and 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

The bill, SB 213, has already passed the Senate and is now on its way to the governor. The governor hasn’t yet decided whether he will sign the bill into law, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.

The bill would affect about 20 percent of the families currently enrolled in CHP, and about 2,500 kids will lose health insurance coverage.

Making the change, according to CCLP, would be “administratively burdensome.” The nonprofit group cites the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance estimates that implementing the changes will cost more money than the measure saves.