Governor Spotlights Effort to Lower Health Care Costs, Singles Out Western Colorado

Apr 5, 2019

Colorado lawmakers are working on a bipartisan set of proposals that would seek to lower insurance premiums and the costs of prescription drugs. According to Gov. Jared Polis, it will bring particular relief to rural and mountain areas, where health care costs are some of the highest in the nation.

A supply cart at Mountain Family Medical Health in Basalt. Health care costs in western Colorado are among some of the highest in the nation. An effort to change that is making its way through the Colorado Legislature this year.
Credit Mark Duggan

“The savings would be greater in western Colorado, the areas with the highest prices, Summit, Eagle, Garfield,” said Polis. “We expect those prices to come down 28 to 30 percent for the next pricing period.”

Polis added that he's confident bills on the proposals will pass by the end of the legislative session May 3.