1.Why was the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care formed?

The Commission was created through bipartisan legislation, SB 14-187, sponsored by Senators Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, to engage in analysis of health care costs in Colorado and make recommendations for action to the Governor, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services or its successor committee, and the House of Representatives Committees on Health, Insurance and Environment and Public Health Care and Human Services or their successor committees.


2.What is the Commission’s mission?

The Mission of the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care is to ensure that Coloradans have access to affordable health care in Colorado.


3.How is the Commission membership comprised?

The Commission consists of 12 voting members, representing various public and private sector health care experts, and five non-voting ex officio members from state government. The Governor is responsible for appointing four of the voting members while the President and Minority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House are each responsible for appointing two voting members as described below.

The 12 voting members include: one person representing hospitals, recommended by a statewide association of hospitals; two health care providers who are not employed by a hospital, only of one of whom is a physician and must be recommended by a statewide society or association; two representatives from organizations representing consumers, at least one of whom understands consumers with chronic medical conditions; one individual representing small Colorado businesses and one individual representing self-insured large Colorado businesses, neither of whom represent a carrier, health care provider, or health care facility; one health care economist; one representative of carriers offering health plans in Colorado; one representative of licensed health insurance producers; one person with expertise in health care payment and delivery; and one person with expertise in public health and the provision of health care to population with low incomes and significant health care needs.

The five non-voting, ex officio members include: the Commission of Insurance; the Executive Directors of the Departments of Public Health and Environment, Human Services, and Health Policy and Financing or their designees; and a representative of the All-Payer Health Claims Database.

The list of Commission members can be found here.


4.How are decisions and recommendations made by the Commission?

The Commission operates on a consensus decision making model, where possible, and strives to make decisions based on consensus of all Commissioners. Refer to the Operating Principals for further information on how consensus is considered and fulfilled.

Any findings and recommendations included in the annual reports required to be submitted by the Commission as well as any legislative recommendations submitted to the General Assembly must be approved by at least two-thirds of the voting members of the Commission. Individual votes shall be recorded in both instances.

If there is not unanimity among Commissioners about the recommendations and findings in the annual report or in the legislative recommendations, the Commission shall represent different viewpoints held by Commissioners in its public reports and/or recommendations.


5.When does the Commission meet?

The Commission currently meets on a monthly basis on the second Monday of each month. The schedule and location may be subject to change and attendees should check the calendar for the most up-to-date information on meeting dates, time and location.


6.Are Commission meetings open to the public?

All meetings of the Commission are open to the public and noticed with an agenda outlining the topics to be discussed and the times available for public comment, posted at least three business days in advance of any meeting. The Commission complies with the Colorado Open Meetings Law and the Colorado Open Records Act, except as specified for executive session and meetings with up to five Commissioners.

The Commission, or any Committee of Subcommittee composed of Commissioners, may enter into an Executive Session at any regular or special meeting for the purposes allowed by the Colorado Open Meetings Law.


7.How can members of the public provide input and get involved?

At least one opportunity for public comment will be provided at each public meeting of the Commission, Subcommittee or Advisory Committee of the Commission as well as before any vote of the Commission, Subcommittee or Advisory Committee.

The public may also submit written comments or testimony on any decision item as well as on any item of business before the Commission. Written comments regarding the subject matter of a decision item must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of any Commission vote in order for them to be considered in the decision making process. There is no assurance that comments submitted less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting will be considered prior to the vote on that decision item.

Comments from the public may be submitted on the Commission’s website here. A record of public input received is also provided on the website and can be accessed here.