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Colorado’s Polis creates office to reduce health care costs

January 23, 2019

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed an executive order creating an office to coordinate his administration’s efforts to reduce health care costs.

Polis signed the order Wednesday.

Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera heads the new Office of Saving People Money on Health Care.

Its priorities include pursuing a state reinsurance program designed to help private insurers keep individual premiums down.

Polis wants to give consumers increased up-front hospital price transparency and reduce prescription costs, possibly by importing cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

He also hopes to pursue a state-sponsored insurance option as an alternative to private insurance.

Polis has vowed to eliminate cost disparities faced by thousands of rural and mountain residents who pay some of the nation’s highest premiums because they have just one insurer under Colorado’s state-run marketplace.

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