Denver (AP) Health-care advocates are asking Colorado lawmakers not to wait for the federal government to find a way to insure 790,000 residents who don't have coverage.
Dozens of people rallied at the capitol Monday urging the legislature to act.
Governor Bill Ritter has made health coverage a priority but is rejecting demands to support a single-payer plan.
He says Colorado needs a slower approach that is affordable and that helps control costs.
Ritter's initial $25 million plan would cover about a quarter Colorado's uninsured residents.
The plan calls for expanding children's health coverage, creating a center for improving value in health care and helping consumers find the best insurance.
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