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2017 Legislative Forecast: Huge Questions for Health

January 10, 2017

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Colorado’s legislature convenes for 2017 following a tumultuous campaign season that is likely to have a big impact on health policy. The hard-fought election brought minimal changes to most state offices, with another two years of split-party control of the state Senate and House. But the election of Donald Trump as president is likely to turn health care on its head.

State legislators will wrestle with topics from freestanding emergency departments and prescription drugs to marijuana regulation and the Hospital Provider Fee. However, decisions from the new Trump administration related to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act may overshadow many state debates.

Expect health care to be in the spotlight after taking a back seat to other issues for the past few years. CHI previews what to watch in health care.

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