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Issue Position: Medicare and Healthcare

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We need to honor the commitment we made to our citizens and protect Medicare. When elected to Congress, Joe simply won't allow Republicans to cut Medicare or Social Security. Rather, he will fight to preserve and strengthen these critical programs for current and future generations.

By ensuring that more Coloradoans have access to affordable, quality health care, we will save money, save lives and improve our quality of life. The country spends over 2 trillion dollars annually, and yet we rank in the middle of the pack of developed countries for indicators such as child morbidity rates, lifespan, and a variety of health factors. We need to be smarter about how we allocate health care dollars, focus on preventative services and think of ways to encourage more nonprofit hospitals to provide medical care.

Throughout Joe's time in the Legislature, he's been fighting for commonsense solutions to healthcare problems.

Joe proudly sponsored a bill in the Legislature to streamline the billing and reimbursement process. It takes too much time and costs too much money for doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and others to process medical bills in a timely manner. Doctors don't get paid on time and small business owners waste valuable time on the phone correcting a billing problem. The problem is so bad that the American Hospital Association estimates that our country loses approximately $14 billion dollars annually as a result. Joe's legislation will save an estimated $100 - $150 million dollars during the next decade in Colorado by requiring that medical forms are processed in a more uniform manner.

Joe also fought for purchasing pools and health care exchanges so more small business owners could reduce skyrocketing health care premiums through enhanced purchasing power, ensure that children have access to quality health care, and invest in preventative services, such as mammograms, child immunizations, prostate exams and wellness programs.

Joe supported efforts in the Legislature to enact Child-only health insurance policies. The policies would require any health insurance carrier in Colorado that offers policies for adults to also offer policies for children, even if there isn't an adult listed on the policy with the child.

Joe supported efforts to exempt school-based health clinics from co-pays for children enrolled in the Children's Basic Health Plan program.

Joe supported enacting the Health Care Jobs Act and a Nurse Loan Repayment Program that will increase nurse applicants by 50% and help primary care physicians create jobs in their community.

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