Press Release

Colorado Public Utilities Commission warns that older cell phones may cease operating in 2022

DENVER (November 23, 2021) — The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), along with the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) is issuing a notice to consumers that older cell phones may cease operating in early 2022 due to the retirement of 3G networks and support for phones using 3G service. This may include other devices that use 3G connectivity, such as some medical alert devices, tablets, smart watches, home security systems, and other devices.

Polis-Primavera administration announces Reinsurance Program will save Coloradans an average of 24.1 percent for 2022

SILVERTHORNE (October 20, 2021) - Coloradans will save on average 24.1% on individual premiums for 2022,  Governor Polis and Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera announced today. The Administration released the final, approved health insurance plans and premium information for 2022 individual plans (meaning people who don’t get their insurance from an employer) and small group plans (for small employers with 2- 100 employees). 

Colorado’s 2021 Sunrise and Sunset reviews released

DENVER (October 18, 2021) - The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform (COPRRR), in the Executive Director’s Office at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), released the 2021 sunset and sunrise reports on Friday, October 15. The reports have been sent to the Colorado General Assembly and are now available online at

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.