Ritter Signs First Bill As Governor, Hails Bill As Step To Affordable Heath Care

Calling it a significant step in containing health care costs, Governor Bill Ritter today continued to make good on his campaign promise to provide affordable health care for Coloradans by signing his first bill into law.

Senate bill one allows uninsured residents making under 60–thousand dollars for a family of four to get discount generic prescription drugs after paying a 20–dollar enrollment fee. That could allow 264–thousand Coloradans to save up to 80 per cent on their prescriptions, according to House majority leader Alice Madden. The program starts next year.

Today's signature follows by a few days an executive order to place Colorado into a multi–state bulk buying pool for prescription drugs for medicaid patients.

Ritter and Lieutenant Governor Barbara O'Brien made affordable health care a cornerstone of their campaigns for office.