GJ hospitals address public option

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Two of the biggest employers and health care providers on the Western Slope are weighing in on Colorado’s Public Option Plan.

St. Mary’s and Community Hospital are giving their opinions on the latest plan that wants to re-structure Colorado health care.

This plan says it is designed for the individual health insurance market, claiming to save people on the Western Slope more than 15 percent on their premiums.

The current plan will task insurance carriers with giving out public option plans, and requiring our hospitals to accept it, which is where our two big health care providers see issues.

I mean there is some positives, the cost of health care is too high, and especially in some of our mountain communities– there is limited access when it come to insurance, so the public option is going to push that. We are a little concerned with the price fixing that way come with a public option because the government is going come in and say “we are going to pay you X”.

Chris Thomas, Community Hosptial CEO

Both of our hospitals agree that the public option has good intentions, but also agree the current plan causes hesitation.

St. Mary’s tells KREX, “The proposed plan relies on state-mandated participation by hospitals and insurance companies, and mandatory participation is illegal.”

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