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Bill: HB17-1023
Title: Clarifying Deceptive Trade Practice Subpoenas
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning a clarification of procedures for subpoenas for deceptive trade practices.

Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- State Government
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2017)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
C. Wist (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that the attorney general or a district attorney may
issue a subpoena to a person whom he or she believes has engaged or is
engaging in a deceptive trade practice in violation of Colorado statute. It
also specifies that the subpoena may be issued pursuant to rule 4 of the
Colorado rules of civil procedure.

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
C. Wist (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
C. Holbert (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1023
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 45
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1080
Title: Requirements Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning licensing requirements for durable medical equipment suppliers.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/24/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill amends the definition of durable medical equipment
supplier to include a person or entity that bills or plans to bill the state
medicaid program. Further, the bill amends the exceptions to the
definition of durable medical equipment supplier to exclude persons or
entities that only supply insulin infusion pumps or diabetes testing
supplies.
The bill clarifies the requirements for a durable medical equipment
supplier to do business in Colorado. For each of its physical locations
providing services in Colorado, a durable medical equipment supplier
must be licensed by the Colorado secretary of state and attest that each of
its physical locations providing services in Colorado are within 100 miles
of any Colorado-resident medicare beneficiary being served by the
supplier in Colorado or any Colorado medicaid recipient who is being
served by the provider in Colorado.
The bill removes language in the medicaid durable medical
equipment provider statute and replaces it with a cross reference to the
licensing statute for durable medical equipment providers.

House SponsorsD. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
L. Crowder (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/24/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1080
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 42
No:  23
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 37
No:  0
Yes: 5
No:  23
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1085
Title: Women's Health Protection Act
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary Concerning the adoption of the 'Women's Health Protection Act'.

  

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Public Health
StatusHouse Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill requires all abortion clinics to file an annual registration
with the attorney general. The attorney general shall create and make
available the registration form. While keeping identifying information of
any women who sought an abortion private, the registration form must
include the following information:
  • The number of abortions performed at the clinic during the
previous year, including the trimester in which the abortion
was performed, based on appropriately maintained records
kept by the clinic;
  • A specific report for each abortion performed at or after 20
weeks' gestation;
  • A description of the method or methods of abortion
performed at the clinic;
  • The name of each physician performing abortions at the
clinic, along with the state of each physician's licensure,
any board certifications or specialties maintained by the
physician, and any disciplinary action taken against the
physician in the last 5 years;
  • The number of babies born alive at the clinic during the
year, whether the babies were born prior to, during, or after
the attempted completion of an abortion, whether or not
these babies survived, whether or not they were viable, and
whether or not they were transported to a hospital; and
  • The number of patients, including women and born-alive
infants, who were transported to a hospital from the clinic
following a partially or fully completed abortion in the
previous year.
The attorney general has 30 days to reject an inaccurate or incomplete
registration form and 30 days from the date of discovery to reject a form
that contains false or fraudulent information. Failure to file a registration
form or operating without a registration form subjects an abortion clinic
to a fine, a suspension, or closure. All registration forms and inspection
or investigation forms are public records.
The attorney general has a duty to inspect, without notice, each
registered abortion clinic at least annually. At a minimum, each inspection
must determine whether the abortion clinic is performing abortions at or
after 20 weeks' gestation and whether it is operating with:
  • Medically modern ultrasound equipment;
  • Equipment to preserve the life of and to resuscitate
born-alive infants;
  • Legally approved methods of medical and hazardous waste
disposal;
  • Medically safe standards for sterilization of instruments
and procedure areas and storage, medically safe policies for
expired and opened medicines, and emergency exits
sufficient to accommodate a stretcher or gurney; and
  • Proper Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act of 1996 policies.
If the attorney general finds an inspection violation, he or she may impose
a fine up to $5,000 or impose a suspension or closure of the abortion
clinic.
1

House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1085
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1086
Title: Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning creation of the 'Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act'.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
- Public Health
StatusHouse Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
J. Everett (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill ensures that a woman is given information regarding the
possibility of an abortion pill reversal so that she is fully informed and is
given options to continue the pregnancy and preserve the mother-child
relationship when she desires to do so. The department of public health
and environment must publish a statement on its website regarding
abortion pill reversal. The woman's doctor shall provide her with this
statement at least 24 hours before providing the abortion pill.

House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
J. Everett (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1086
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1090
Title: Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit Extension
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the advanced industry investment tax credit.

Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2017)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
J. Wilson (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/12/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/12/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

A qualified investor who, prior to January 1, 2018, makes an
equity investment in a qualified small business from an advanced industry
is allowed an income tax credit that is equal to a percentage of the
investment, up to a maximum credit of $50,000. The Colorado office of
economic development (office) determines the eligibility for the tax
credits and issues nontransferable tax credit certificates that are used to
claim the credit. The maximum amount of tax credits allowed for a
calendar year is $750,000.
The bill extends the credit by allowing qualified investments made
on or after January 1, 2018, but prior to January 1, 2023, to qualify for the
tax credit. For those years, the total maximum amount of credits for a
calendar year is increased to $1.5 million; except that, if the office
authorizes less than this amount in a year, then the remaining, unused
credits are added to the next year's total maximum amount. In addition,
the definition of qualified small business is expanded to include a
company that has annual revenues of less than $5 million or that has been
actively operating and generating revenue for less than 5 years. Currently,
a business must meet both criteria, in addition to other criteria that will
continue to apply.
The advanced industry investment tax credit cash fund, which was
started with money transferred from another cash fund and has no current
revenue source, is repealed.
In 2022, the office is required to submit to legislative committees
a report that includes information about the tax credits issued after
January 1, 2018, and the economic benefits from the related qualified
investments.

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1090
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 43
No:  20
Yes: 23
No:  12
Yes: 51
No:  2
Yes: 15
No:  30
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1094
Title: Telehealth Coverage Under Health Benefit Plans
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning modifications to the requirements for health benefit plans to cover health care services delivered via telehealth.

 

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (03/16/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
D. Valdez (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

Under current law, health benefit plans are required to cover health
care services delivered to a covered person by a provider via telehealth in
the same manner that the plan covers health care services delivered by a
provider in person. The bill clarifies that:
  • A health plan cannot restrict or deny coverage of telehealth
services based on the communication technology or
application used to deliver the telehealth services;
  • The availability of telehealth services does not change a
carrier's obligation to contract with providers available in
the community to provide in-person services who are
willing to negotiate reasonable contract terms with the
carrier;
  • A covered person may receive telehealth services from a
private residence, but the carrier is not required to pay for
transmission costs the covered person incurs; and
  • Telehealth includes health care services provided through
audio-visual communication or the use of a
HIPAA-compliant application via a cellular telephone but
does not include voice-only telephone communication or
text messaging.

House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
D. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (03/16/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1094
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 62
No:  2
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 53
No:  0
Yes: 44
No:  2
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1115
Title: Direct Primary Health Care Services
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the establishment of direct primary health care agreements to operate without regulation by the division of insurance.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (04/24/2017)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
J. Ginal (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/06/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/06/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill establishes parameters under which a direct primary care
agreement (agreement) may be implemented. An agreement may be
entered into between a direct primary health care provider (provider) and
a patient for the payment of a periodic fee and for a specified period of
time. The provider must be a licensed, registered, or certified individual
or entity authorized to provide primary care services.
The bill establishes that the agreement is not the business of
insurance or the practice of underwriting and does not fall under
regulation of the division of insurance. The bill outlines the conditions
under which a provider may discontinue care to a patient.

House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
J. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
J. Tate (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusGovernor Signed (04/24/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1115
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 46
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1121
Title: Patient Safety Act
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning certain health care professions regulated by the department of regulatory agencies, and, in connection therewith, requiring criminal history record checks for individuals with prescriptive authority and certified nurse aides, repealing the nurse licensure compact, and enacting the enhanced nurse licensure compact.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/13/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/13/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill requires applicants for initial licensure or certification, as
well as current licensees and certificate holders, to submit to a
fingerprint-based criminal history record check for:
  • Podiatrists (sections 1 and 2);
  • Dentists and dental hygienists (sections 3 and 4);
  • Medical doctors, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists
(sections 5 and 6);
  • Nurses (sections 7 and 8);
  • Certified nurse aides (sections 10 and 11);
  • Optometrists (sections 13 through 15); and
  • Veterinarians (sections 16 through 18).
Section 9 of the bill eliminates the nurse alternative to discipline
program.
Section 12 of the bill requires an employer of a certified nurse aide
(CNA) to report whenever a CNA is terminated from employment or
resigns in lieu of termination, within 30 days after the termination or
resignation. The state board of nursing is authorized to fine an employer
that fails to report the termination or resignation.
Section 19 amends the Medical Transparency Act of 2010 to
include a person applying for nurse licensure under the Enhanced Nurse
Licensure Compact within the definition of applicant.
Section 20 of the bill repeals the current Nurse Licensure
Compact and adopts the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1121
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 36
No:  27
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  27
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1126
Title: Medicaid Appeal Review Legal Notice Requirements
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the review of legal sufficiency of medicaid appeals.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (04/06/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/08/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/08/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

Interim Study Committee on Communication Between the
Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and
Medicaid Clients.
The bill requires the administrative law judge hearing
medicaid appeals to review the legal sufficiency of the notice of action
from which the recipient is appealing at the commencement of the appeal
hearing if the notice of action concerns the termination or reduction of an
existing benefit. If the notice is legally insufficient, the judge shall advise
the appellant that he or she may waive the defense of insufficient notice
and proceed to a hearing on the merits or may ask the judge to decide the
appeal based on the judge's finding of insufficiency. The judge shall
advise the appellant that a legally sufficient notice may be issued in the
future and that the state may recoup benefits from the appellant.
The provisions of the bill apply to hearings conducted on and after
a certain date.

House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (04/06/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1126
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 43
No:  20
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 51
No:  0
Yes: 26
No:  20
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1127
Title: Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products From Sales Tax
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning a sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products.

Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/16/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/16/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill creates a state sales tax exemption, commencing January
1, 2018, for all sales, storage, and use of feminine hygiene products. The
bill further specifies that local statutory taxing jurisdictions may choose
to adopt the same exemption by express inclusion in their sales and use
tax ordinance or resolution.

House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/05/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1127
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1224
Title: Misbranded Adulterated Counterfeit Drugs Penalty
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning penalties for accessing drugs in a manner that violates the 'Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act'.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/07/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/07/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill amends the pharmacy practice law to specify that it is
unlawful to:
  • Sell, compound, dispense, give, receive, or possess any
drug or device unless done so in accordance with specific
provisions of the pharmacy practice laws of the state and
with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; or
  • Possess, sell, dispense, give, receive, or administer an
adulterated or misbranded drug or device or a counterfeit
drug.
A person who engages in an unlawful act is subject to a civil fine
of between $1,000 and $10,000.

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1224
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 32
No:  3
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 43
No:  3
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1231
Title: Market Conduct Examinations Insurance Companies
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning a reorganization of statutes governing the authority of the commissioner of insurance to examine companies engaged in the business of insurance in this state.

Bill Subject- Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (06/01/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsP. Lawrence (R)
J. Arndt (D)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/14/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/14/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

Under current law, the commissioner of insurance (commissioner)
is authorized to conduct financial examinations and market conduct
examinations of companies engaged in the insurance business in
Colorado. Financial examinations, which the commissioner conducts on
every company domiciled in Colorado once every 5 years, are intended
to ensure that regulated insurance companies have proper corporate
governance and internal controls and are able to pay claims. Market
conduct examinations are intended to ensure that regulated insurance
companies are complying with applicable laws and rules and that
policyholders, providers, and beneficiaries are treated equitably. Statutes
pertaining to both financial examinations and market conduct
examinations are intertwined and, in some cases, overlap and conflict.
Because of the repeal and relocation of market conduct provisions
under sections 2 through 10 of the bill, section 1 of the bill consolidates
and relocates provisions that apply generally to the commissioner and the
division of insurance (division) regarding confidential treatment of
documents the commissioner obtains during an investigation, the
subpoena powers of the division, and the commissioner's ability to
contract with experts in conducting an investigation.
Sections 2 through 10 separate the market conduct examination
provisions from the financial examination provisions, repealing and
relocating the market conduct examination provisions to a separate part
and more clearly delineating the scope and functions of the 2 distinct
types of examinations conducted by the commissioner.
With regard to market conduct reviews, section 10 also uses the
term market conduct surveillance and specifies the types of activities
that includes, such as market analysis, interrogatories, and market conduct
examinations.
Sections 11 through 16 make conforming amendments based on
the repeal and relocation of the market conduct examination provisions.

House SponsorsP. Lawrence (R)
J. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
J. Smallwood (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusGovernor Signed (06/01/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1231
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 59
No:  5
Yes: 34
No:  1
Yes: 51
No:  2
Yes: 42
No:  4
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1274
Title: Veterinary Pharmaceutical Compounding Animal Patient
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the limited circumstances under which a veterinarian may use a compounded pharmaceutical drug for the treatment of an animal patient that is a food animal.

Bill Subject- Agriculture
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/01/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/01/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

House Bill 16-1324 allowed a veterinarian to maintain an office
stock of compounded drugs, which are drugs that are combined, mixed,
or otherwise altered to create a specific drug or formulation, for later
distribution or administration to animal patients. The bill defines food
animal and sets forth the limited circumstances under which a
veterinarian may administer a compounded drug to, or dispense a
compounded drug for, a food animal. The bill further clarifies that
references to patient set forth in House Bill 16-1324 refer to an animal
patient.

House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1274
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 50
No:  15
Yes: 30
No:  3
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 26
No:  18
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1318
Title: Division Of Insurance Annual Report Pharmaceutical Costs Data
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning an annual report on pharmaceutical costs.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Insurance
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/24/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/24/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

By March 31, 2018, and by each March 31 thereafter through
March 31, 2020, the bill requires health insurers to submit to the
commissioner of insurance (commissioner) information regarding
pharmaceuticals covered under individual and group health insurance
plans in prior years. Carriers are to report the following information,
separately stated with regard to individual and group market segments:
  • The total pharmaceutical costs, including cost-sharing
amounts paid by insured persons, and the net
pharmaceuticals costs, after negotiated rebates and
discounts;
  • The net cost of pharmaceuticals, expressed as a percentage
of total medical costs; and
  • A list of the drug classes of the 10 pharmaceuticals that
were most dispensed and had the highest aggregate cost.
The bill also requires carriers providing or administering state
group benefit plans for state employees to report the pharmaceutical cost
data.
The commissioner is directed to aggregate and analyze the data
and submit an annual report to the governor and specified legislative
committees on trends in pharmaceutical costs in the insurance market,
including most-prescribed and highest-cost pharmaceuticals.
The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules as necessary to
implement the requirements of the bill. The reporting requirements are
repealed on January 31, 2021.

House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1318
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 37
No:  27
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 37
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  27
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-003
Title: Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the repeal of the 'Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act'.

Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Public Health
- State Government
- State Revenue & Budget
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/11/2017 - No Amendments (05/08/2017)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

In 2010, pursuant to the enactment of federal law that allowed
each state to establish a health benefit exchange option through state law
or opt to participate in a national exchange, the general assembly enacted
the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act (act). The act created the
state exchange, a board of directors (board) to implement the exchange,
and a legislative health benefits exchange implementation review
committee to make recommendations to the board. The bill repeals the
act, effective January 1, 2018, and allows the exchange to continue for
one year for the purpose of winding up its affairs. The bill also requires
the board, on the last day of the wind-up period, to transfer any
unencumbered money that remains in the exchange to the state treasurer,
who shall transfer the money to the general fund.

House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Smallwood (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/11/2017 - No Amendments (05/08/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-003
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-057
Title: Colorado Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Enterprise
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of an enterprise that is exempt from the requirements of section 20 of article X of the state constitution and related statutory provisions to administer a fee-based healthcare affordability and sustainability program for hospitals.

Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2017)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House Sponsors
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado healthcare affordability and
sustainability enterprise (enterprise) as a type 2 agency and
government-owned business within the department of health care policy
and financing (HCPF) for the purpose of participating in the
implementation and administration of a state Colorado healthcare
affordability and sustainability program (program) on and after July 1,
2017, and creates a board consisting of 13 members appointed by the
governor with the advice and consent of the senate to govern the
enterprise. The business purpose of the enterprise is, in exchange for the
payment of a new healthcare affordability and sustainability fee (fee) by
hospitals to the enterprise, to administer the program and thereby support
hospitals that provide uncompensated medical services to uninsured
patients and participate in publicly funded health insurance programs by:
  • Participating in a federal program that provides additional
matching money to states;
  • Using fee revenue, which must be credited to a newly
created healthcare affordability and sustainability fee fund
and used solely for purposes of the program, and federal
matching money to:
  • Reduce the amount of uncompensated care that
hospitals provide by increasing the number of
individuals covered by publicly funded health
insurance; and
  • Increase publicly funded insurance reimbursement
rates to hospitals; and
  • Providing or contracting for or arranging advisory and
consulting services to hospitals and coordinating services
to hospitals to help them more effectively and efficiently
participate in publicly funded insurance programs.
The bill does not take effect if the federal centers for medicare and
medicaid services determine that it does not comply with federal law.
The enterprise is designated as an enterprise for purposes of the
taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR) so long as it meets TABOR
requirements. The primary powers and duties of the enterprise are to:
  • Charge and collect the fee from hospitals;
  • Leverage fee revenue collected to obtain federal matching
money;
  • Utilize and deploy both fee revenue and federal matching
money in furtherance of the business purpose of the
enterprise;
  • Issue revenue bonds payable from its revenues;
  • Enter into agreements with HCPF as necessary to collect
and expend fee revenue;
  • Engage the services of private persons or entities serving as
contractors, consultants, and legal counsel for professional
and technical assistance and advice and to supply other
services related to the conduct of the affairs of the
enterprise, including the provision of additional business
services to hospitals; and
  • Adopt and amend or repeal policies for the regulation of its
affairs and the conduct of its business.
The existing hospital provider fee program is repealed and the
existing hospital provider fee oversight and advisory board is abolished,
effective July 1, 2017.
The bill specifies that so long as the enterprise qualifies as a
TABOR-exempt enterprise, fee revenue does not count against either the
TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the referendum C cap, the
higher statutory state fiscal year spending limit established after the voters
of the state approved referendum C in 2005. The bill clarifies that the
creation of the new enterprise to charge and collect the fee is the creation
of a new government-owned business that provides business services to
hospitals as an enterprise for purposes of TABOR and related statutes and
does not constitute the qualification of an existing government-owned
business as a new enterprise that would require or authorize downward
adjustment of the TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the
referendum C cap.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsL. Guzman (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-057
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-065
Title: Transparency In Direct Pay Health Care Prices
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement that health care providers disclose the charges they impose for common health care services when payment is made directly rather than by a third party.

 

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (04/06/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill creates the Transparency in Health Care Prices Act,
which requires health care professionals and health care facilities to make
available to the public the health care prices they assess directly for
common health care services they provide. Health care professionals and
facilities are not required to submit their health care prices to any
government agency for review or approval. Additionally, the act prohibits
health insurers, government agencies, or other persons or entities from
penalizing a health care recipient, provider, facility, employer, or other
person or entity who pays directly for health care services or otherwise
exercises rights under or complies with the act. The bill takes effect
January 1, 2018.

House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (04/06/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-065
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 51
No:  9
Yes: 0
No:  1
Yes: 36
No:  0
Yes: 15
No:  10
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-074
Title: Create Medication-assisted Treatment Pilot Program
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of a pilot program in certain areas of the state experiencing high levels of opioid addiction to award grants to increase access to addiction treatment.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Higher Education
- Human Services
- Public Health
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/12/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/12/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill creates the medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
expansion pilot program, administered by the university of Colorado
college of nursing, to expand access to medication-assisted treatment to
opioid-dependent patients in Pueblo and Routt counties. The pilot
program will provide grants to community- and office-based practices,
behavioral health organizations, and substance abuse treatment
organizations to:
  • Assist nurse practitioners and physician assistants working
in those settings to obtain training and support required
under the federal Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery
Act of 2016 (CARA) to enable them to prescribe
buprenorphine as part of providing MAT to
opioid-dependent patients; and
  • Provide behavioral therapies in conjunction with
medication as part of the provision of MAT to
opioid-dependent patients.
The general assembly is directed to appropriate $500,000 per year
for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years from the marijuana tax cash
fund to the university of Colorado board of regents, for allocation to the
college of nursing to implement the pilot program.
Each grant recipient must submit a report to the college of nursing
regarding the use of the grant, and the college of nursing must submit a
summarized report to the governor and the health committees of the
senate and house of representatives regarding the pilot program.
The pilot program is established and funded for 2 years and repeals
on June 30, 2020.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-074
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 39
No:  24
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 53
No:  0
Yes: 21
No:  24
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-084
Title: Coverage For Drugs In A Health Coverage Plan
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning a prohibition against excluding a drug from a health coverage plan if the drug had been approved for coverage by the plan for coverage of the enrollee at the time the enrollee enrolled in the plan.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
J. Singer (D)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a health insurance carrier from excluding or
limiting a drug for an enrollee in a health coverage plan if the drug was
covered at the time the enrollee enrolled in the plan. A carrier may not
raise the costs to the enrollee for the drug during the enrollee's plan year.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
J. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-084
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-104
Title: Catastrophic Plans In Geographic Rating Areas
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the requirement that a health insurance carrier offer a catastrophic plan in certain geographic rating areas.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (02/15/2017)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House Sponsors
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill requires a health insurance carrier to offer and issue a
catastrophic health insurance plan to eligible individuals who are under
30 years of age in certain geographic rating areas for a minimum of 3
years.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (02/15/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-104
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-142
Title: Breast Density Notification Required
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the requirement to include notification to a patient regarding the patient's breast tissue classification with the required mammography report.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (04/06/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill requires that each mammography report provided to a
patient include information that identifies the patient's breast tissue
classification based on the breast imaging reporting and data system
established by the American college of radiology. If the health care
facility that performed the mammography determines that a patient has
dense breast tissue, the facility is required to notify the patient of the
determination using specific language.

House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (04/06/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-142
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 43
No:  20
Yes: 25
No:  10
Yes: 52
No:  1
Yes: 16
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-146
Title: Access To Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning access to the electronic prescription drug monitoring program.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (04/06/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill modifies provisions relating to licensed health
professionals' access to the electronic prescription drug monitoring
program as follows:
  • Allows a health care provider who has authority to
prescribe controlled substances, or the provider's designee,
to query the program regarding a current patient, regardless
of whether the provider is prescribing or considering
prescribing a controlled substance to that patient;
  • Specifies that a veterinarian who is authorized to prescribe
controlled substances may access the program to inquire
about a current patient or client if the veterinarian suspects
that the client has committed drug abuse or mistreated an
animal; and
  • Specifies that, in addition to accessing the program when
dispensing or considering dispensing a controlled
substance, a pharmacist or designee of the pharmacist may
access the program regarding a current patient to whom the
pharmacist is dispensing or considering dispensing a
prescription drug.

House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (04/06/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-146
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 37
No:  28
Yes: 26
No:  9
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 9
No:  37
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-190
Title: Insurance Carrier Fees Noncovered Dental Services
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning prohibiting a carrier from setting fees for a dental service that is not paid for by the carrier.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (04/24/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a contract between a carrier and a dentist from
requiring a dentist to provide services to a covered person at a fee set by,
or subject to the approval of, the carrier unless:
  • The services are covered services under the person's policy;
and
  • The carrier provides payment for the service under the
person's policy in an amount that is reasonable and not
nominal or de minimis.
The bill authorizes a dentist to charge a covered person for
noncovered items or services in any amount determined by the dentist and
agreed to by the patient if the amount is equal to, or less than, the usual
and customary amount that the dentist charges individuals who are not
enrolled for such items and services.

House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
D. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (04/24/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-190
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 43
No:  21
Yes: 27
No:  8
Yes: 53
No:  0
Yes: 17
No:  29
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-193
Title: Research Center Prevention Substance Abuse Addiction
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the establishment of the 'center for research into prevention strategies for, and treatment of, abuse of and addiction to opioids, other controlled substances, and alcohol' at the university of Colorado health sciences center, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/10/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/10/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill establishes the center for research into prevention
strategies for, and treatment of, abuse of and addiction to opioids, other
controlled substances, and alcohol at the university of Colorado health
sciences center.
The bill makes an appropriation.

House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
B. Rankin (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
C. Jahn (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-193
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 43
No:  20
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 53
No:  0
Yes: 25
No:  20
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-203
Title: Prohibit Carrier From Requiring Alternative Drug
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the prohibition against a carrier requiring a covered person to undergo step therapy, and, in connection therewith, requiring coverage for a prescribed medication that is part of the carrier's medication formulary.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusGovernor Signed (06/02/2017)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
P. Covarrubias (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/14/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/14/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a carrier from requiring a covered person to
undergo step therapy:
  • When being treated for a terminal condition; or
  • If the covered person has tried a step-therapy-required drug
under a health benefit plan and the drug was discontinued
by the manufacturer.
A carrier that requires step therapy must have an override process
for health care providers.
Step therapy is defined as a protocol that requires a covered
person to use a prescription drug or sequence of prescription drugs, other
than the drug that the covered person's health care provider recommends
for the covered person's treatment, before the carrier provides coverage
for the recommended drug.

House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
P. Covarrubias (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusGovernor Signed (06/02/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-203
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 44
No:  21
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 25
No:  21
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-207
Title: Strengthen Colorado Behavioral Health Crisis System
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning strengthening Colorado's statewide response to behavioral health crises, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2017)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
L. Sias (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill clarifies the intent of the general assembly for establishing
a coordinated behavioral health crisis response system (crisis system).
The crisis system is intended to be a comprehensive, appropriate, and
preferred response to behavioral health crises in Colorado. By clarifying
the role of the crisis system and making necessary enhancements, the bill
puts systems in place to help Colorado end the use of jails and
correctional facilities as placement options for individuals placed on
emergency mental health holds if they have not also been charged with a
crime and enhances the ability of emergency departments to serve
individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The crisis
system is intended to provide an appropriate first line of response to
individuals in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health hold. The
statewide framework created by the crisis system strengthens community
partnerships and ensures that first responders are equipped with a variety
of options for addressing behavioral health crises that meet the needs of
the individual in a clinically appropriate setting.
The bill expands and strengthens the current crisis system in the
following ways:
  • Encourages crisis system contractors in each region to
develop partnerships with the broad array of crisis
intervention services in the region;
  • Requires crisis system contractors to be responsible for
community engagement, coordination, and system
navigation for key partners in the crisis system. The goals
of community coordination are to formalize key
relationships within contractually defined regions, pursue
collaborative programming for behavioral health services,
and coordinate interventions as necessary with behavioral
health crises in the region.
  • Increases the ability of all crisis services facilities,
including walk-in centers, acute treatment units, and crisis
stabilization units within the crisis system, regardless of
facility licensure, to adequately care for an individual
brought to the facility in need of an emergency 72-hour
mental health hold;
  • Expands the ability of mobile response units to be available
within 2 hours, either face-to-face or using telehealth
operations for mobile crisis evaluations;
  • Recognizes the obligations of hospitals and hospital-based
emergency departments under federal law to screen and
stabilize every patient who comes to the hospital-based
emergency department, including those patients
experiencing a behavioral health crisis; and
  • Requires that, on or before January 1, 2018, all walk-in
centers throughout the state be appropriately designated,
adequately prepared, and properly staffed to accept an
individual in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health
hold.
The department of human services (department) shall ensure
consistent training for professionals who have regular contact with
individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The
department shall conduct a needs and capacity assessment of the crisis
system.
The office of behavioral health is required to submit a report on or
before November 1, 2017, and on or before May 1, 2018, concerning the
status of funding, the use of new and existing resources, and the
implementation of additional behavioral health crisis services. This report
is separate and in addition to the information the department is required
to provide concerning the crisis system in its annual SMART report to the
general assembly.
The bill removes language from statute that allows, at any time for
any reason, an individual who is being held on an emergency 72-hour
mental health hold to be detained or housed in a jail, lockup, or other
place used for the confinement of persons charged with or convicted of
criminal offenses. The effective date of this component of the bill is May
1, 2018.
An appropriation from the marijuana tax cash fund is authorized.

House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
L. Sias (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
D. Kagan (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-207
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 51
No:  14
Yes: 27
No:  6
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 24
No:  20
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-214
Title: Voluntary Firefighter Cancer Benefits Program
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the voluntary firefighter cancer benefits program.

 

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Labor & Employment
StatusGovernor Signed (05/03/2017)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/10/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/10/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill allows an employer to participate in a voluntary firefighter
cancer benefits program, as a multiple employer health trust to provide
benefits to firefighters by paying contributions into the established trust.
The bill requires the trust to provide benefits to each firefighter based on
the cancer diagnosis and award level.

House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusGovernor Signed (05/03/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-214
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 46
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-254
Title: 2017-18 Long Appropriations Bill
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the provision for payment of the expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments of the state of Colorado, and of its agencies and institutions, for and during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, except as otherwise noted.

Bill Subject- State Revenue & Budget
StatusGovernor Signed (05/26/2017)
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
House CommitteeAppropriations
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
StatusGovernor Signed (05/26/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-254
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 38
No:  27
Yes: 30
No:  5
Yes: 50
No:  4
Yes: 18
No:  28
Yes: 0
No:  0

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