Rocky Mountain Health Care’s plans not in jeopardy if bill passes

Rocky Mountain Health Care’s Medicare plans in western Colorado are in no jeopardy, officials said.

A bill by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo, would allow Rocky Mountain Health Plans to continue operating as it does now, the company said.

If the legislation doesn’t pass, Rocky Mountain Health Plans would be required to change the type of Medicare plans it offers or the company would have to leave certain Front Range counties after December 2010.

The legislation would continue all Medicare cost contracts across the country, including the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Cost Contract, for three additional years, the company said in a statement.

That would allow Rocky Mountain Health Plans to continue its current Medicare plans throughout Colorado through January 2014.

Officials with Rocky Mountain Health Plans expect the legislation to pass because similar measures have passed before. In December 2007 and again in July 2008, legislation was passed that extended Medicare cost contract plans.

“We appreciate Senator Bennet’s effort to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries throughout the state continue to have the same Medicare choices as those in western Colorado,” Rocky President Steve ErkenBrack said. “Your choices here in western Colorado will not change. One of our core principles is to offer Medicare plans throughout Colorado, and it is our intent to continue beyond 2011.”


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