A pair of bills that Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne is pushing through the Colorado House of Representatives could increase the number of health insurers serving rural and Medicaid markets in this state — or they could leave the state’s workforce and smaller-government employees throughout Colorado dependent largely on one insurance provider, Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

The two measures, both of which received their initial committee approvals last week, are part of a larger package of health care bills that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration is backing as a way to increase transparency and try to help slow the rise of health-care spending in the state. They deal with subjects ranging from pharmaceutical costs to subsidies for rural residents’ insurance premiums.

But two particular measures at the heart of the package — House Bills 1237 and 1286 — could have the most influence on future insurance competition in this state.

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