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Bill: HB19-1004
Title: Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
Position
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning a proposal for implementing a competitive state option for more affordable health care coverage in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, requesting authorization to use existing federal money for the proposed state option and taking other actions toward the implementation of the state option.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusHouse Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/23/2019)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/22/2019)
Category
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and

financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory
agencies (departments) to develop and submit a proposal (proposal) to
certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs,
benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage.
Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at
the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference
during the interim before the 2020 legislative session.
The proposal must contain a detailed analysis of a state option and
must identify the most effective implementation of a state option based
on affordability to consumers at different income levels, administrative
and financial burden to the state, ease of implementation, and likelihood
of success in meeting the objectives described in the bill. The proposal
must also identify any necessary changes to state law to implement the
proposal.
In developing the proposal, the departments shall engage in a
stakeholder process that includes public and private health insurance
experts, consumers, consumer advocates, employers, providers, and
carriers. Further, the departments shall review any information relating to
a pilot program operated by the state personnel director as a result of
legislation that may be enacted during the 2019 legislative session.
The departments shall prepare and submit any necessary federal
waivers or state plan amendments to implement the proposal, unless a bill
is filed within the filing deadlines for the 2020 legislative session that
substantially alters the federal authorization required for the proposal and
the bill is not postponed indefinitely in the first committee.

Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/22/2019)
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and

financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory
agencies (departments) to develop and submit a proposal (proposal) to
certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs,
benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage.
Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at
the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference
during the interim before the 2020 legislative session.
The proposal must contain a detailed analysis of a state option and
must identify the most effective implementation of a state option based
on affordability to consumers at different income levels, administrative
and financial burden to the state, ease of implementation, and likelihood
of success in meeting the objectives described in the bill. The proposal
must also identify any necessary changes to state law to implement the
proposal.
In developing the proposal, the departments shall engage in a
stakeholder process that includes public and private health insurance
experts, consumers, consumer advocates, employers, providers, and
carriers. Further, the departments shall review any information relating to
a pilot program operated by the state personnel director as a result of
legislation that may be enacted during the 2019 legislative session.
The departments shall prepare and submit any necessary federal
waivers or state plan amendments to implement the proposal, unless a bill
is filed within the filing deadlines for the 2020 legislative session that
substantially alters the federal authorization required for the proposal and
the bill is not postponed indefinitely in the first committee.

House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/23/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/23/2019)
Comment
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/22/2019)

Bill: HB19-1131
Title: Prescription Drug Cost Education
Position
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement to share the wholesale acquisition cost of a drug when sharing information concerning the drug with another party.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/25/2019)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2019)
Category
Official Summary

The bill requires a drug manufacturer or wholesaler, or an agent or
an employee of the manufacturer or wholesaler, to provide, in writing, the
wholesale acquisition cost of a prescription drug to an entity or individual
with whom the manufacturer, wholesaler, agent, or employee is sharing
information concerning the drug.

The bill also requires the drug manufacturer or wholesaler, or an
agent or employee of the manufacturer or wholesaler, to provide
educational materials about the acquisition costs of other prescription
drugs in the same therapeutic class.

Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2019)
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill requires a drug manufacturer or wholesaler, or an agent or
an employee of the manufacturer or wholesaler, to provide, in writing, the
wholesale acquisition cost of a prescription drug to an entity or individual
with whom the manufacturer, wholesaler, agent, or employee is sharing
information concerning the drug.

The bill also requires the drug manufacturer or wholesaler, or an
agent or employee of the manufacturer or wholesaler, to provide
educational materials about the acquisition costs of other prescription
drugs in the same therapeutic class.

House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/25/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/25/2019)
Comment
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2019)

Bill: SB19-005
Title: Import Prescription Drugs From Canada
Position
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning wholesale importation of prescription pharmaceutical products from Canada for resale to Colorado residents. 

Bill Subject- Public Health
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/31/2019)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/19/2019)
Category
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Wholesale Importation of
Prescription Drugs Act, under which the department of health care
policy and financing (department) shall design a program to import
prescription pharmaceutical products from Canada for sale to Colorado
consumers. The program design must ensure both drug safety and cost

savings for Colorado consumers. The department shall submit the
program design to the secretary of the United States department of health
and human services and request the secretary's approval of the program,
as required by federal law, to import Canadian pharmaceutical products.
If the secretary approves the program, the department shall
implement the program. The department shall adopt a funding mechanism
to cover the program's administrative costs, and the department shall
annually report on the program to the general assembly.

Hearing Time
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/19/2019)
Comment
Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Wholesale Importation of
Prescription Drugs Act, under which the department of health care
policy and financing (department) shall design a program to import
prescription pharmaceutical products from Canada for sale to Colorado
consumers. The program design must ensure both drug safety and cost

savings for Colorado consumers. The department shall submit the
program design to the secretary of the United States department of health
and human services and request the secretary's approval of the program,
as required by federal law, to import Canadian pharmaceutical products.
If the secretary approves the program, the department shall
implement the program. The department shall adopt a funding mechanism
to cover the program's administrative costs, and the department shall
annually report on the program to the general assembly.

House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/31/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Bill Subject- Public Health
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/31/2019)
Comment
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/19/2019)

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