Colorado panel to analyze healthcare costs — 5 points

To reduce healthcare costs for Coloradans, a commission will examine the state's healthcare costs for the next two years, according to The Daily Sentinel.

The commission has released one of three reports.

Here are five points:

1. The Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care found in the first report that Coloradans spent nearly $36.6 billion on healthcare in 2013, a 327 percent increase from two decades prior.

2. The report found personal healthcare expenditures in the Colorado are higher than the national average over the past 20 years.

3. However, the state's per capita healthcare spending was $5,995, making Colorado the seventh-lowest in the nation.

4.  The 60 percent of Coloradans who have private health insurance only account for 41 cents of every dollar spent on healthcare in 2013. Taxpayer-funded programs including Medicare and Medicaid accounted for 29 cents of every dollar spent.

5. The commission plans to update the report by the end of next year, and plans to compile the final report by June 2017. The final report will include recommendations to reduce costs.

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