States Could Be the Next Trailblazers for Policy Regulating Hospital Costs

Colorado lawmakers have until May 7 to pass the public-option plan, which would be run by private insurers. Democrats control the governorship and state Legislature.

“If they can’t get it done, it likely goes poorly for other states to pass anything resembling a public option,” said Billy Wynne, chairman of Wynne Health Group, a healthcare policy and lobbying firm. Wynne is analyzing the Washington and Colorado public-option programs with a grant from the Arnold Foundation.

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