Our Health Policy Committee helps determine our policy priorities.

Through our Health Policy Committee – a diverse group of providers, clinic administrators, consumer advocates, and lobbyists – we identify a variety of issues that impact the medically underserved, which we focus on.

2017 Legislative Session

SB 3: Repeal State-Based Exchange

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Description: This bill would repeal Connect for Health Colorado, our state-based insurance marketplace (begun by the Affordable Care Act), and in doing so, eliminate the Colorado-specific marketplace where Coloradans can compare plans for purchasing and access tax credits for which they may be eligible.

CCMU’s Position: OPPOSE

Status: Pending

SB 4: Access to Providers for Medicaid Patients

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Description: This bill would allow Medicaid patients to see non-Medicaid providers and be directly charged for services. This bill could be an incentive for providers potentially interested in ending their contracts with Medicaid to do so.

CCMU’s Position: OPPOSE

Status: Pending

SB 11: Study Transportation for Coloradans with Disabilities

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Description: This bill would set up a study on transportation options for people with disabilities, in order to implement solutions to make transportation more accessible for this population.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

SB 43: Remove Medical Certificate Requirement for Transportation Network Drivers

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Description: This bill would remove a duplicative requirement of transportation network company (currently only Uber and Lyft) drivers to get a medical fitness test, to streamline the process of regulating these drivers.

CCMU’s Position: MONITOR

Status: Pending

SB 57: Hospital Provider Fee Enterprise

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Description: This bill would convert the Hospital Provider Fee into a government-owned enterprise, which would protect the program as well as our state budgeting priorities. Otherwise, our legislators will have to make unfair decisions such as cutting essential payments to rural hospitals, critical programs for Coloradans like Medicaid, or other budgetary priorities.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

SB 64: Freestanding Emergency Department Licensure

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Description: This bill would create a new license within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for free-standing Emergency Departments, as well as make costs transparent to patients so they can receive care in the most appropriate and cost-effective way possible.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Died

SB 65: Transparency in Health Care Prices

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Description: This bill would require health care providers to make available to the public what they charge for the top procedures they perform, in an attempt to promote transparency for patients.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

SB 68: School Counselors Early Support for Students

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Description: This bill would expand eligibility for two grant programs to elementary schools (currently the programs are only available to middle and high schools) that help increase the behavioral health workforce in public schools and in doing so, promote early access to behavioral health care for students needing it.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

SB 74: Create Medication-Assisted Treatment Pilot

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Description: This bill would create a medication-assisted treatment expansion pilot program in Pueblo and Routt counties, in order to expand treatment (that couples behavioral health therapy with medication) for patients who face opioid dependence.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

SB 91: Medicaid Home Health Services in the Community

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Description: This bill would bring Colorado into alignment with federal law by allowing people to receive Medicaid home health services in the community. In doing so, this bill would increase access to Medicaid home health services

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

SB 121: Improve Medicaid Correspondence

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Description: This bill would require the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to work with stakeholders, including Medicaid patients, to test notices and letters for accuracy and clarity. The goal is to improve correspondence to make it easier for Coloradans to understand and access their Medicaid benefits.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

SB 151: Consumer Access to Care

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Description: This bill would require a health insurance carrier to base coverage authorizations and medical necessity determinations on accepted and evidence-based standards, as well as share this information with a carrier’s patients and providers. In doing so, Coloradans could experience greater transparency around how coverage is authorized.

CCMU’s Position: MONITOR

Status: Died

SB 207: Strengthen Colorado Behavrioal Health Crisis System

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Description: This bill clarifies the legislative intent for establishing a crisis system as the intended comprehensive, appropriate, and preferred response to behavioral health crises. It would also prepare Colorado to end the use of jails and correctional facilities for individuals place on emergency mental health holds.

CCMU’s Position: MONITOR

Status: Pending

HB 1060: HCPF Reporting Requirements

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Description: This bill would repeal defunct reports that the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is currently required to submit to the General Assembly, in order to promote administrative efficiency.

CCMU’s Position: MONITOR

Status: Pending

HB 1094: Telehealth Coverage

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Description: This bill would ensure that health plans cannot deny telehealth coverage based on the technology used to deliver the services, including HIPAA-compliant phone applications. This bill also states that regardless of telehealth availability, plans must contract with in-person providers to ensure network adequacy.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

HB 1115: Direct Primary Care

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Description: This bill would state that direct primary health care (DPC) is not insurance and therefore would not require regulation by the Division of Insurance, and in doing so, provide clarity surrounding regulation to providers wanting to establish DPC practices. It would also set parameters for DPC agreements between providers and patients.

CCMU’s Position: MONITOR

Status: Pending

HB 1122: Gender Identification on Birth Certificates

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Description: This bill would repeal a provision for changing the gender designation on a birth certificate that requires individuals to obtain a court order indicating sex has been changed by surgical procedure. This bill would make it easier for people to obtain identification that accurately reflects their gender identity, eliminating one of the barriers trans people face. Gender identification on birth certificates is a health equity issue because someone whose birth certificate doesn’t match their gender is at risk for being denied appropriate medical care.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

HB 1126: Medicaid Appeal Review Legal Notice Requirements

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Description: This bill would provide Medicaid patients clarity on the benefits they are legally entitled to and the notices they receive, by allowing a judge to perform a legal review of the patient’s notice at the start of a hearing. In doing so, patients could have easier access to clear information regarding their benefits to ensure they are not reduced or terminated unjustly, while helping to ensure the legal protection of their rights.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

HB 1134: Politician Accountability Act

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Description: This bill would allow anyone claiming they are a victim of a crime committed by an immigrant without documentation in a sanctuary jurisdiction (an area protecting immigrants without documentation and ensuring their equal access to services in that area) to sue for compensatory damages against that jurisdiction and its politicians.

CCMU’s Position: OPPOSE

Status: Died

HB 1139: Medicaid Provider Compliance

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Description: This bill would give the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing more options to improve Medicaid program integrity, as well as protect patients when providers engage in consistent, improper billing. These additional actions toward providers include: corrective action plans, suspension, and financial penalties.

CCMU’s Position: MONITOR

Status: Pending

HB 1143: Audit Medicaid Correspondence

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Description: This bill would require audits in 2020 and 2023 to verify that notices and letters sent to Medicaid patients are accurate, legally sufficient, and clear, in order to ensure that Medicaid patients understand their benefits and do not lose access due to poorly written communications.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

HB 1187: TABOR reform

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Description: This bill would tie the state’s revenue limit to the average annual change in personal income over the previous five years, reforming the state’s current revenue limit formula of population and growth. If this bill passes, it would go to the voters in fall 2017. This bill would increase the state’s revenue, allowing the state to spend more on K-12 education, Medicaid, child health, mental health services, and other public health programs.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Died

HB 1191: Demographic Notes for Legislative Bills

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Description: This bill would allow House and Senate leadership to request demographic notes for a limited number of bills during the legislative session. Demographic notes would use available data to outline the potential disparate effects of legislation on populations within the state, increasing legislative attention on the health equity impacts of some potential legislation.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

HB 1206: Driver's Licenses for Immigrants without Documentation

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Description: This bill would correct drafting oversights from another law, in order to streamline the process for immigrants without documentation in Colorado to obtain drivers licenses, as well as ensure renewals for people who have received licenses since 2013. In doing so, the bill promotes more drivers having timely access to licenses, ideally making roads and communities safer for all Coloradans.

CCMU’s Position: SUPPORT

Status: Pending

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2016 Legislative Session

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2014 Legislative Session

2013 Legislative Session

2012 Legislative Session

 

If you wish to learn more about and/or participate in the CCMU Health Policy Committee, please contact Aditi Ramaswami, Public Policy Specialist, at aditi.ramaswami@ccmu.org.

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