To address the issue of the uninsured both state and

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Unformatted text preview: sue of the uninsured, both state and federal laws have been enacted. In 2009, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation to increase the number of Coloradans eligible for Medicaid and Colorado Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) largely by changing the rules by which eligibility is determined. At the national level, the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as federal health reform, or PPACA) additionally expanded public coverage and is expected to significantly impact private coverage over the next 10 years. Key provisions of the PPACA include: • An expansion of Medicaid eligibility to all individuals and families with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL); • Insurance reforms that include prohibiting the denial of insurance for individuals with preexisting health conditions; • Incentives for small employers to provide affordable health insurance to their employees and penalties for large employers who do not; • An individual mandate that requires most citizens and legal residents to obtain health insurance and penalties for those who do not; • A state-based health insurance exchange that will serve as a marketplace for businesses and consumers to review, compare, and purchase health insurance; and Year FY 2007-08 FY 2008-09 FY 2009-10 Caseloada 451,327 500,329 568,475 FY 2010-11 628,788 b FY 2011-12 691,350 a Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus combined. b Forecast....
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