Colorado’s attorney general joined a multistate lawsuit challenging a federal rule expanding the ability of health care providers to refuse care based on personal or moral objections.
“A patient’s access to quality, affordable healthcare should not be driven by the personal beliefs or the discriminatory practices of one individual or organization,” Attorney General Phil Weiser stated in a May 21 release.
The rule is set to take effect in July. It allows anyone, from an ambulance driver to an emergency room doctor, to deny care to a patient.
Colorado could lose billions of dollars in health care funding if it does not change state laws and regulations to comply with the rule, the statement says.