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TRANSPARENCY IN ALL HEALTH CARE PRICING ACT OF 2017
Americans pay more for health care than anyone else in the world, and many Coloradans are struggling to keep up. That is why I’m working to help consumers make better informed decisions in an effort to make healthcare more affordable. My bipartisan legislation increases transparency and accountability to the healthcare industry.

Patients are often forced to make big decisions about their healthcare without any idea of the cost. This bill will improve transparency and accountability in the healthcare market as well as help drive competition and bring down prices. Consumers and patients having the ability to make informed decisions is a key piece of the healthcare puzzle.

H.R. 2569 requires all price disclosures to be available at the point of purchase, in print and online, and include all wholesale, retail, subsidized, discounted or other prices accepted. 

Currently, Colorado is one of 17 states to compile health care pricing information in an All Payer Claim Database (APCD). However, this information isn’t made completely available to the public and does not allow consumers to identify prices charged or the compensation paid by a particular provider. H.R. 2569 would improve the data collection and make all information collected publicly available.

Prices for health care are opaque, which leads to fraud and market manipulation. With transparent prices, consumers can scrutinize the price of tests, drugs and procedures before making a purchase. will also deliver better quality of care as providers will seek to provide higher quality services.

Paris Climate Agreement 
President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement is wrong and takes our country and Colorado backward not forward. I'm disappointed and frustrated by this decision. Clearly climate change is a threat to our way of life in Colorado.

Colorado is a proven leader in developing technologies that reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. I will continue to fight for the progress we’ve made in Colorado and push to reduce the impact of climate change in our communities.

VIETNAM 50TH COMMEMORATION 

As of June 1st, my office has awarded or has scheduled to award over 800 Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975.

I am honored to be able to recognize these veterans and thank them for their service to our country. The ceremony is part of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. This program began with the Presidential inaugural event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, and concludes on Veterans Day, November 11, 2025.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that today there are 7 million living Vietnam Veterans and 9 million families of those who served in this time frame. According to the VA, as of 2014, there are more than 127,000 Vietnam-era Veterans living in Colorado. 

If you, or someone you know, is a Vietnam-era veteran and would like to receive a pin, please contact my office at (303) 274-7944 for more information. 

UPCOMING EVENTS
What: Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Bike to Work Day
When: Wednesday, June 28
Where: Across Colorado and the Denver Metro area - http://biketoworkday.us/stations  
About: Bike to Work Day is a fun, annual event with a purpose: to expose would-be bike commuters to the fun and ease of choosing two wheels over four more often, and to promote more sustainable commuting throughout our region. Biking to work takes cars off the road, reducing CO2 emissions and improving our air quality. Join 30,000 riders to help reduce our carbon footprint by participating in this year’s Bike to Work Day.
Click here for more information and to register.

What: Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony
When: Thursday, July 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Community Room at Red Rocks Community College (13300 W 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228)
About: Ed is hosting eight Vietnam War 50th Commemoration ceremonies throughout the spring, summer and fall to recognize and honor Vietnam-era Veterans in Colorado who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975.

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