Colorado governor backs health-care expansion plan |

Colorado governor backs health-care expansion plan

DENVER, Colorado ” Gov. Bill Ritter is backing legislation that he says would provide health coverage to more than 100,000 uninsured Colorado citizens and families.

The governor says the plan would also reduce expenses that are shifted to the insured and private businesses.

At a news conference Thursday, Ritter said the Colorado Healthcare Affordability Act being introduced by lawmakers would allow Colorado to receive additional federal funds to provide the coverage.

The governor says the bill would assess a provider fee on hospitals, generating an additional $600 million a year to provide coverage to the uninsured and qualifying the state for $600 million in federal matching funds.

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