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DENVER, CO - MAY 21: With only days left in the Colorado State Legislature regular session, many walking around the building are no longer wearing masks or social distancing on May 21, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. The Plexiglass dividers have been removed between the desks in the Senate, with a number also removed in the House, while some traditions have not yet returned to normal. (Photo By Kathryn Scott)

Colorado's public option health care bill, known as the Colorado Option, is ready for Gov. Jared Polis' signature. The road to the governor's desk was winding and contentious, with the bill going through multiple adjustments to make it there.

Under House Bill 21-1232, insurers, health care providers and hospitals will have until 2023 to reduce premiums by 15%, or the commissioner of insurance will create a standardized healthcare plan for the individual and small group market that insurance companies will be mandated to offer and doctors and hospitals mandated to accept. The bill also sets fines for hospitals that refuse to participate. 

Colorado Politics covered the ins and outs of the bill as it has made its way through the General Assembly. Read our extensive coverage of the bill, its changes, the stances for and against and in-between, and its journey below:

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