Press Release

Biden Administration Announces Approval of Colorado’s Inclusive Health Care Plan to Set Colorado’s Essential Health Benefits

DENVER (October 12, 2021) - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced it has approved the Colorado health insurance plan that will set the minimum health care coverage requirements starting in 2023. The plan establishes the essential health benefits (EHBs) within Colorado for individual plans (meaning not from an employer) and small group plans (for small employers with less than 100 employees).

PUC recommends Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program supporting low-income consumers’ access to wireless and broadband services

DENVER (September 20, 2021) — The Public Utilities Commission (PUC), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), recognizes National Lifeline Awareness Week (September 20-24, 2021) and encourages consumers to learn more about whether they qualify for the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) program. Lifeline provides up to $9.25 per month in support for wireless and broadband services for low-income subscribers, and up to $34.25 per month for those located on Tribal lands.

DORA Executive Director Patty Salazar receives the Council of State Governments 20 Under 40 Leadership Award

DENVER (September 16, 2021) - The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is proud to announce Executive Director Patty Salazar as a recipient of the 2021 CSG 20 Under 40 Leadership Award. This annual honor from the Council of State Governments highlights the outstanding work of 20 up-and-coming elected and appointed officials from across the country who not only exemplify strong leadership skills but have also demonstrated a true commitment to serving the citizens of their states.

PUC to take public comment on Black Hills Energy’s proposed cost recovery approaches from Winter Storm Uri

DENVER (September 13, 2021) — A Public Utilities Commission (PUC) administrative law judge will conduct two remote public comment hearings for two separate proceedings regarding proposed cost recovery approaches for Black Hills Energy gas (21A-0196G) and electric (21A-0197E) operations.

PUC to take public comment on Colorado Natural Gas Inc. proposed cost recovery approach from Winter Storm Uri

DENVER (September 8, 2021) — A Public Utilities Commission (PUC) administrative law judge will conduct a remote public comment hearing on Wednesday, September 16, to take comment on Colorado Natural Gas Inc.’s proposed cost recovery approach for costs incurred during the February 2021 extreme weather event.

Biden administration, CMS provides additional funding of nearly $50M for Colorado Reinsurance Program

DENVER (September 7, 2021) - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), announced that it is providing additional funding to 13 states, including Colorado, in support of Affordable Care Act Section 1332 reinsurance waivers. This additional funding of nearly $50 million for Colorado’s Reinsurance Program is a result of expanded subsidies for people buying health insurance from the individual market (meaning not from an employer) provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). 

PUC to take public comment on Atmos Energy Corporation’s proposed cost recovery approach from Winter Storm Uri

DENVER (September 7, 2021) — A Public Utilities Commission (PUC) administrative law judge will conduct a remote public comment hearing on Wednesday, September 15, to take comment on Atmos Energy Corporation’s proposed cost recovery approach for costs incurred during the February 2021 extreme weather event.

Division of Insurance Hosting Meetings for Consumers Regarding the Colorado Option

DENVER (August 24, 2021) - The Colorado Division of Insurance is hosting a series of virtual stakeholder meetings designed to address specific stakeholder groups and the concerns of those groups regarding the Colorado Option and the standardized benefit plan being developed. While there are meetings geared towards insurance companies, health care providers and facilities, there are additional meetings geared toward Coloradans outside of the health care industry.

Office of Consumer Counsel advises small businesses to review natural gas provider contracts

DENVER (May 12, 2021) - As natural gas charges from February’s extreme weather event continue to impact residents and businesses alike, the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) is advising small businesses, multi-dwelling residential, and institutional property owners in Colorado to review and assess their natural gas service contracts for terms, conditions, requirements, and consumer protections.