In case you didn't know Colorado already has a Health Exchange in place at least for Information called Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) as stated in the Colorado Health Department Description below. Please visit their website to learn more about the program already in place. HERE are the current financials of the organization. Take note of their description about what they provide! CORHIO is one of the first pillars necessary to implement Obama Care.
Colorado Medicaid is working with the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO), a public-private partnership, to implement this program and promote health information exchange across the state. The ACC Program will work with CORHIO’s regional extension centers to encourage providers in each region to participate in the HITECH program and improve their health information technology.
Governor Hickenlooper's 2011-2012 budget description (View Department Description section#2) explains the implementation of SB11-200 and the exchange system well before it was even introduced by Democratic Senator Boyd and Republican House Leader Amy Stephens. The State of Colorado has received $1,000,000.00 in grant money from the federal government that set aside FIVE BILLION for states to implement the exchange system for Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Section 1311 of PPACA provides funding assistance to the States for the planning and establishment of American Health Benefit Exchanges (“Exchanges”). PPACA provides that each State may elect to establish an Exchange that would: 1) facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans; 2) provide for the establishment of a Small Business Health Options Program (“SHOP Exchange”) designed to assist qualified employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in Qualified Health Plans offered in the SHOP exchange; and 3) meet other requirements specified in the Act. On October 1, 2010, the Department was awarded a planning and establishment grant totaling $1,000,000.00 for initial planning activities related to the potential implementation of the Exchanges. Colorado has received the grant money already and now all that is left is the structure of SB11-200.
VetTheGov followed the money from the advocates of this program spear headed by Mike Pramenko who is currently holding the title of President of Colorado Medical Society (CMS). Have you wondered how a 2000 page bill was written so quickly and why Obama flew to little old Grand Junction when he was pitching this program? Pramenko is spear heading the whole design behind Obama Care and if he had it his way the program would be a single payer system. CMS is currently involved in creating Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). See details here and of course this is preparation for the many baby boomers about to over burden the Medicaid system.
"Doctors, hospitals and others in the health care industry have raised concerns that ACOs could run afoul of antitrust and anti-fraud laws, which try to limit market power that drives up prices and stifles competition. One concern is that ACOs, particularly those in rural markets, could grow so large that they would employ the majority of providers in a region." Pramenko is also part of the CO-OP Rocky Mountain Health Plans. Hmmm....Is RMHP starting an ACO??? VetTheGov believes RMHP and Primary Care Physicians have lots to gain financially from the implementation of SB11-200, Obama Care, and ACO's. Here is a new coverage for pre-exisiting conditions that RMHP set up in 2010 and received $90 Million in Federal funding. See recent powerpoint from Pramenko regarding ACO's. Here is another presentation so you don't think we are conspiracy theorist. Notice the new ACO definition! This same Medical Homes language is found in the Colorado budget description mentioned above.
“It is a tremendous honor to be able to serve the residents of the State of Colorado through this innovative partnership, which brings the resources of the private sector together with the protections and resources of the public sector, to solve a problem for thousands of uninsured Coloradans, ” said Steve ErkenBrack, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans. Click here for entire press release!
Now CMS is also involved in supporting candidates and elected officials in order to push their agenda forward. So who has received money from CMS? Surprise surprise! Amy Stephens and Betty Boyd along with a host from both parties have received campaign contributions from CMS. Now all you have to do is sit back and watch the final details come together. CMS has very specific questions for candidates to answer in order to get funding and endorsements. There are no other choices left since Colorado will not be able to sustain all the promised programs from the feds and the state.
The health care money machine goes all the way to Washington DC and both parties have again sold out. You will see all your favorites here http://www.opensecrets.org/capital_eye/health.php Over $600 Million in 2010 alone. Are they serving your needs or BIG Healthcare's needs?
Do you think SB11-200 is truly for small business as it is being touted? Think again! In Pramenko's powerpoint it mentions Health TeamWorks, United HealthGroup, and CMS as collaborators in the exchange endeavor. If you go to Health TeamWorks blog you will notice most Obama Care strategies have already been implemented or currently in pilot stage. So where does the TeamWorks get their funding and who are the members? Look here but VetTheGov will point out a couple such as Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Colorado Medical Society, HealthONE, and United HealthCare part of United HealthGroup. Health TeamWorks receives donations and grants from The Colorado Health Foundation which holds over One BILLION in assets. Read the Health Foundations measurable results page to learn they are behind increasing more Medicaid and CHP+ adults and children into the system. Sound familiar? This Bill is all about taking care of Big Healthcare hospitals and Primary care groups. It is doing nothing for small business or the independent free market doctors.
So who is behind the Health Foundation? A HUGE for-profit company which owns the non-profit HealthONE here in Colorado called Hospital Corporation of America. Look here at the dollars invested in Colorado. Here are their campaign donations via Federal Election Commission http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/com_supopp/C00067231/ Look at what the Stock Market folks are saying about the future of Health Care and HCA http://www.hedgefundlive.com/blog/a-little-more-on-hca-thanks-duke-desk
The stars are aligning for the Health Care industry in Colorado and unfortunately when we discuss the MONEY trail both the Colorado Government and the BIG Health corporations will get what they want regardless of what you think or believe because profit and taxes drive both of these engines and they know what's best for us! Please try and convince your State Senators and Representatives to vote otherwise but the Train is already full steam ahead. VetTheGov doesn't see anyone able to get in its way. The future will see less options, bigger ACO's/HMO's, and free market competition all but lost.