Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement on House passage of a bill that would help open access to the Manitou Incline Trail. The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn. “Access to public lands is one of the reasons people both move to and visit the Pikes Peak region. Developing a safe Ma...

Failure to Act on Farm Bill, Postal Reform Hurting Rural Communities

Both Bills Passed Senate with Bipartisan Support

House leadership yesterday announced it would not consider the 2012 Farm Bill before going home for the August district work period. It would instead pass an emergency drought assistance package that would make drastic cuts to important conservation programs for Colorado. Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is calling on House lea...
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) have filed a bipartisan amendment to the cybersecurity bill to conserve energy, save taxpayer dollars and reduce government waste by requiring federal agencies to shut down needlessly duplicative federal data centers. Agencies have been instructed to develop conso...

New Free Preventive Health Care Services for Colorado Women

Services Available for more than 868,000 Women in Colorado, 47 million nationwide

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Service’s announcement of new preventive health care services now available to women without co-pay under the Affordable Care Act. “Access to preventive health care will empower hundreds of thousands of women in...

Colorado Families Receive $27 Million in Health Insurance Rebates

All Reimbursements Required to be Rebated by Tomorrow

Families in Colorado are receiving over $27 million in reimbursements from their health insurance companies because of a provision, known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule, in the Affordable Care Act. The provision requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care and quality or reimburse the...

Bennet Applauds Announcement of $69 Million Loan for Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative

Loan Will Help Provide High-Quality, Affordable Health Care

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has awarded a $69,396,000 loan to Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative, Inc. (CHI) in Colorado to launch a new private non-profit, consumer-governed health insurance company, called a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP). "The co-op will help provide m...

In Face of Worst Drought in Decades, Bennet and Udall Call on House to Pass Farm Bill

Senators Send Letter to House Leadership Urging Passage of Vital Resources

In the face of the worst drought in 50 years, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are urging the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to take up and pass the 2012 Farm Bill which includes vital resources to assist farmers and ranchers suffering from the drought. In the letter to House Speaker John Boeh...