Rep. Buescher Supports Health Insurance Initiative

Some elected officials are being cautious when it comes to Colorado's plans to reform two health programs for the poor, but a Grand Junction state representative says the reforms are good for the state.

State Representative Bernie Buescher, (D)-Grand Junction, sponsored a bill in the legislature that would reform Medicaid under the Federal Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Initiative Act, or H.I.F.A. The plan loosens eligibility requirements for Colorado's 750,000 uninsured residents.

Although more people would become eligible for the two plans, Representative Mark Larson, (R)-Cortez, says a five year cap on federal matching funds means the state will not have the money to pay for the increase. Buescher says that's not the case.
Others complain that problems with a computerized benefits management system would rise.

The state budget committee will hold hearings on H.I.F.A. and other money matters in Grand Junction on September 23rd through the 25th.

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