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Bill Detail: SB22-226

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Title Programs To Support Health-care Workforce
Status Governor Signed (05/18/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 04/22/2022
Summary

The bill creates the health-care workforce resilience and retention
program (program) using existing initiatives to ensure that Colorado's
health-care workforce is adequately supported in order to meet the
health-care demands of Coloradans and to support the resilience,
well-being, and retention of health-care workers. The program is
authorized to seek and expend gifts, grants, and donations to support the
program. The program is exempt from the procurement code. The bill

appropriates $2 million from the economic recovery and relief cash fund
for the program.
The bill creates the practice-based health education grant program
(grant program) to increase practice-based training opportunities
necessary for health profession students enrolled in accredited Colorado
schools to complete degree requirements and become licensed to practice.
The primary care office in the department of public health and
environment administers the grant program and shall conduct a
stakeholder engagement process to determine key operational components
of the grant program policies and procedures. The bill appropriates $20
million from the economic recovery and relief cash fund for the grant
program.
The bill directs the state board of community colleges and
occupational education (board) to administer the in-demand short-term
health-care credentials program in order to support the expansion of
available health-care professionals. The bill appropriates $26 million
from the economic recovery and relief cash fund for these programs. The
board shall allocate funds to community colleges, area technical colleges,
local district colleges, and community not-for-profit organizations that
deliver hybrid programming that leverages place-based supports in
partnership with online accredited university programs through
reimbursement based on students enrolled in eligible programs for fiscal
years 2022-23 to 2025-26 to:
  • Provide assistance for tuition, fees, and course materials for
eligible programs;
  • Support alignment with existing efforts, such as
apprenticeship and work-based learning, for students to
earn eligible program credentials that lead into health-care
careers such as nursing; and
  • If unexpended resources exist or if the program use is less
than anticipated, to expand eligible programs in allied
health based on in-demand credential needs or include high
school equivalency support and attainment for students
without a high school degree who participate in the
program.
The bill requires the primary care office and the governor's office
of information technology to work through the government data advisory
board to determine data-sharing agreements that integrate data collected
by the state under existing authorities that may inform the analysis of
need, allocation of resources, and evaluation of performance of
state-administered or state-financed health workforce planning or
development initiatives.
Under current law, a nurse who holds a volunteer nurse license
cannot get paid for nursing tasks. The bill removes this limitation.
The bill directs the nurse-physician advisory task force for
Colorado health care to make recommendations on:
  • Alignment of health-care licensing with federal statutory
minimums;
  • Identification of unnecessary regulatory burdens or
barriers;
  • Regulatory reforms that support health-care licensees to
work at their full scope of practice; and
  • Feasibility of temporary candidate licenses for students
nearing the completion of an accredited health-care
program.
The bill makes the following changes and additions to the school
nurse grant program:
  • Repeals the requirement of a 5-year grant cycle;
  • Requires that the grant supplement, not supplant, funding
for school nurse positions existing in the local education
provider's most recent fiscal year prior to applying for a
grant;
  • Directs the department of public health and environment to
annually award grants; and
  • Appropriates $3 million to the department of public health
and environment for the grant program from the economic
recovery and relief cash fund.
The bill appropriates $10 million from the economic recovery and
relief cash fund to the department of public health and environment. The
department shall use this appropriation for recruitment and re-engagement
efforts of workers in the health-care profession with current or expired
licenses and staffing.

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