In his monthly conversation with Colorado Matters John Hickenlooper also spoke about immigration and the state's effort to land a new Amazon headquarters.
The two governors called for the immediate stabilization of health insurance markets, among other recommendations.
The Democrat and Republican are working on a bipartisan plan to stabilize health insurance markets and give more power to states.
Practices across the state have done financial gymnastics to stay afloat after the state's Medicaid agency started to erroneously reject claims.
Republican Senate leadership has proposed a vote on a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act after a replacement bill failed to get off the ground last week.
Under Obamacare, Colorado’s uninsured rate dropped significantly. But insurers have left the market, premiums have skyrocketed, and rural folks are in a big bind.
Lieutenant Gov. Donna Lynne has visited every Colorado county since she took office a year ago. As the former chief executive officer at Kaiser Permanente, she's also become an influential adviser to Gov. John Hickenlooper on health care issues.
The rural sustainability bill still has a long way to go in a legislature where byzantine fights over finances have bedeviled compromise for years.
Older people with disabilities, in long-term care, make up nearly 10 percent of the state’s overall Medicaid population, but they account for more than 40 percent of the costs.
Cuts will impact farmers, air and water, and health care, although, Hickenlooper says, Colorado could benefit from more defense spending.