Legislators vote to keep eye on Colorado’s failing Obamacare exchange

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DENVER — According to a newly released report by the Dept. of Health and Human Services, the Colorado Obamacare exchange — Connect for Health Colorado — did not fully comply with security requirements, risking the security of sensitive information for thousands of Coloradans.  
The report by the Inspector General was released as legislators are considering several pieces of legislation to provide more oversight over Connect for Health Colorado.  

“This report is further proof that Obamacare is not just failing across the nation, but right here in Colorado,” Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado said.  “Thankfully, Republican legislators are leading the charge to protect families who lost the health insurance plans they liked and were forced to join the Obamacare exchange.”  

Last year, state Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, successfully introduced legislation to conduct a limited audit of the state’s exchange.  The audit found a disturbing amount of questionable expenses, contract inconsistencies and even federal violations. Late last week, the Legislative Audit Committee unanimously approved his request for a full audit of Connect for Health Colorado.  

“It’s astounding that it took years before House and Senate Democrats would even consider that there might possibly be a need to keep an eye on the Obamacare exchange,” Maher added. “After the shellacking they took in 2014 because of Obamacare, it looks like Democrats are finally beginning to understand the need to hold Connect for Health Colorado accountable.”  

This morning, the House also passed state Rep. Lang Sias’, R-Arvada, measure that would give Colorado Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee additional power to review and repeal rules, regulations and policies adopted by the exchange.  

“Obamacare is a disaster. Until this law is repealed, it is up to our elected officials to stop it from causing damage than it already has,” Maher concluded. “Thankfully, legislators like Reps. Nordberg and Sias are leading that charge.” 

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February 18th, 2016|All|