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Bill Detail: HB20-1218


Title Sunset Continue Hearing Aid Providers
Status House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations (03/12/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Danielson (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/30/2020

Sunset Process - House Health and Insurance Committee. The
bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory
agencies' sunset review and report on the licensing of hearing aid

providers by combining the audiologist practice act with the hearing aid
provider practice act and:
  • Continuing the licensing of hearing aid providers for 11
years, to 2031 (sections 4 and 5 of the bill);
  • Requiring final agency actions to be appealed directly to
the court of appeals (section 1);
  • Requiring a hearing aid provider to be licensed before
directly or indirectly selling or negotiating to sell any
hearing aid for the hearing impaired (section 2);
  • Prohibiting a person who is not licensed as a hearing aid
provider from using any titles that imply the person is
qualified as a hearing aid provider (section 2);
  • Removing language specifying that the hearing aid
provider practice act does not prohibit an individual from
performing tasks that would be permissible if the licensee
was not licensed (section 2);
  • Requiring hearing aid providers to maintain a surety bond
(section 2);
  • Adding failure to practice according to commonly accepted
professional standards to the grounds for discipline
(section 2);
  • Authorizing the director of the division of professions and
occupations to accept disciplinary action taken by another
state, a local jurisdiction, or the federal government as
prima facie evidence of misconduct if the basis for the
action would be grounds for discipline in Colorado (section
  • Repealing references to the national competency
examination and the National Board for Certification in
Hearing Instrument Sciences (section 2);
  • Restoring the deceptive trade practice provisions related to
the sale of hearing aids (section 3); and
  • Making conforming amendments necessary to combine the
audiologist practice act with the hearing aid provider
practice act and make the additional recommended changes
(sections 6 through 32).

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