The bill creates the Colorado commission on affordable health care and tasks the commission with studying and making recommendations regarding health care costs, focusing on evidence-based cost controls and access and quality of care. The governor and legislative leadership from both houses and parties are to appoint the 12-member commission, assuring representation from across the state and by individuals with expertise in various subject areas, including health care administration, financing, delivery, and consumption. Additionally, the commissioner of insurance, the executive directors of the departments of public health and environment, human services, and health care policy and financing, and an administrator from the all-payer health claims database serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the commission.
The commission is to make recommendations regarding legislative and regulatory modifications that could make health care affordable while improving access and quality of health care.
The commission may hire staff to facilitate its work and may request the office of legislative legal services to provide staff to attend commission meetings and provide support for the commission's activities.
The commission is authorized to accept gifts, grants, and donations to fund the commission's duties. Additionally, for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the general assembly is to appropriate $400,000 to the commission.
The commission is repealed on July 1, 2017.