Public Option Institute keeping a close watch on Colorado

The Public Option Institute launched Tuesday, examining programs in the works in Colorado and Washington state.

The tool is the work of Wynne Health, with a grant from Arnold Ventures, the problem-solving philanthropic foundation.

The site delivers a trove: summaries of the two states’ legislation, regulations, timelines, stakeholders’ comments, local news and national analysis, as well as side-by-side comparisons of the two programs and commentary via Twitter.

Billy Wynne is the executive director of the Public Option Institute and the chairman of Wynne Health Group, the  consulting firm that works on strategy and advocacy with health care organizations.

A former health policy counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, he drafted and negotiated health care laws. His work included the early research, discussions and hearings on the Affordable Care Act.

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