Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, grilled health exchange managers and board members. She said she hasn't decided yet whether Colorado's exchange is sustainable.

Lawmakers question future of health exchange

By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon

Colorado lawmakers grilled managers for the state health exchange Wednesday, but did not embrace or oppose specific fee hikes.

Managers at Connect for Health Colorado earlier this week recommended hiking the user fees from 1.4 percent to as high as 4.5 percent to fund about $54 million a year in expenses, a huge jump from long-promised costs of $26 million a year.

Connect for Health store front

Exchange managers propose major fee hikes to cover $54 million annual operation

By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon

Colorado health exchange managers want board members to max out a broad market assessment on health insurance customers across Colorado through 2016 while also hiking fees on exchange customers from 1.4 percent to at least 3.5 percent — and possibly as high as 4.5 percent.