2007 Legislative and Issue Analyses

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Analyses are based on bills or issues at the time of their consideration by the Board of  Directors. Bills may change during the course of a legislative session. For the current status of these and other bills introduced in the Colorado legislature, visit the web site for the Colorado General Assembly.

Occasionally the Board of Directors also will take a position on a ballot measure. In compliance with state election law, no analyses are prepared on ballot measures that are not of official concern to the Health District.

Questions about analyses? Contact the Health District at (970) 224-5209.

2007 Legislative and Issue Analyses
Bill or Issue What it concerns HD Board Action Date Considered
Analysis of Legislation to Change to Primary Enforcement of Seat Belt Law
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Legislation would allow police officers to stop a car if the driver and front-seat passengers were not wearing seatbelts. This is known as primary enforcement. Because the evidence base supporting primary enforcement is so strong and it is clear that the bill has the potential to save lives, the Board strongly support a primary enforcement bill.  Jan. 23
SB07-36
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The bill would require health plans offering mental health care to implement full parity for all mental disorders. The bill would not affect small group, nongroup or self funded health plans. The Board voted unanimously to strongly support SB07-36. Feb. 9
Analysis of HB 07-1269 Smoke-free Casinos
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Concerning the Repeal of the Casino Exemption from the “Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act” The Board of Directors voted to support HB07-1269. Feb. 27
Analysis of SB 07-80 HPV Vaccine
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Concerning the Prevention of Cervical Cancer The Board of Directors took no position on SB07-080. Feb. 27
SB07-152
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Concerning Volunteer Services by Dental Professionals who Hold a License in Good Standing from Another State. The Health District Board of Directors has indicated their strong support for the Colorado Mission of Mercy, therefore the Board supports SB07-152. Feb. 27
SB07-49
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Concerning the Availability of Supplemental Insurance Under CoverColorado for Certain Individuals Eligible for Medicare The bill increases access to health insurance that individuals on Social Security Disability who are under age 65 would not be able to purchase, therefore, the Board of Directors supports SB07-049. Feb. 27
HB07-1347
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Concerning the Immunization Tracking System in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the Department of Public Health and Environment to address issues related to access to the existing immunization registry. The Board of Directors of the Health District of Northern Larimer County supports HB07-1347. March 27
HB07-1117
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Concerning Motorcycle Helmet Requirement for Persons Under 18. An overwhelming amount of evidence indicates that use of motorcycle helmets significantly reduces the risk of death or serious injury in a motorcycle crash. The Board of Directors of the Health District of Northern Larimer County supports HB07-1117. March 27
Children's Dental Health Improvement Act of 2007
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Concerning the delivery of dental services to low-income children under Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The Children’s Dental Health Improvement Act makes children’s oral health a significant national priority. The Board of Directors of the Health District support the Children’s Dental Health Improvement Act of 2007. April 24
Healthy Children and Families Act of 2007
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Expands the Nurse Home Visiting Program to all 50 states through the use of SCHIP and Medicaid funding. Given the positive outcomes associated with the Nurse Home Visiting Program and the need to protect the source of Medicaid reimbursement funding for the program, the Board of Directors of the Health District voted to strongly support the bill. May 22
SCHIP Reauthorization Issue Brief
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The SCHIP program is due for federal reauthorization by September of this year. The Board voted to support reauthorization of SCHIP and that the following provisions be included in the bill: 1) expansion of coverage 2) increase in funding and 3) simplification of eligibility and enrollment procedures. June 8