2012 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.

2012 Legislative and Issue Analyses
Bill or Issue What it concerns HD Board Action Date Considered
Repeals the "Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act" if the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" as amended by the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (federal act) is repealed or the United States Supreme Court rules that all or any part of the federal act is unconstitutional. The Board of Directors voted to oppose this bill. January 30
Returns eligibility and services in Medicaid and the children's basic health plan to the 2006 level. The Board of Directors voted to strongly oppose this bill. January 30
Establishes a new grant program to provide to certain individuals with developmental disabilities receiving benefits under either the home- and community-based supported living services or the children's extensive support waiver a home care allowance benefit consistent with benefits received by persons under the home care allowance program. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support this bill. February 10
HB 12-1046
Concerning requiring drug testing as a condition of eligibility for the Colorado Works program The Board of Directors voted to strongly oppose this bill. February 10
The bill includes dental services as a benefit for pregnant women under Colorado's medicaid program. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. February 10
The bill requires parental consent for minors under 18 years of age to use an artificial tanning device on and after July 1, 2012. For minors under 14 years of age, the parent must remain on-site at all times while the minor is using an artificial tanning device. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. February 10
The bill specifies that proceedings to suspend or revoke the license of a retail food establishment may be commenced only after the imposition of other civil penalties. The Board of Directors voted to oppose this bill. February 10
The bill requires the director of the division of registrations in the department of regulatory agencies (director) to implement a system to collect health care work force data from health care professionals who are eligible for the Colorado health service corps, from practical and professional nurses, and from pharmacists. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. February 28
The bill requires hospitals to provide patients with information about the hospital's charity program and discount program in a clear and understandable manner. The bill also requires hospitals to offer a discount to each qualified patient. A hospital is prohibited from charging a patient for more than the cost of providing care and must screen each patient for the discount program and any other financial assistance offered by the hospital and is required to offer a payment plan to an eligible patient and to fulfill specific obligations before sending a bill to a collection agency for payment. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. February 28
The bill allows a board of county commissioners for a particular county to exclude, by resolution, any or all parts of the county from the enhanced motor vehicle emissions program area if the excluded part of the county does not violate any national ambient air quality standard for carbon monoxide or ozone as established by the environmental protection agency. The Board of Directors voted to oppose this bill. February 28
A person and one or two other persons acting in concert with the person are immune from arrest and criminal prosecution for various offenses if the offense arises from the same criminal episode or course of events from which an emergency drug or alcohol overdose event (event) arose; the person reports the event in good faith to a law enforcement agency or to the 911 system. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support this bill. On April 24, the board voted to support provisions in the Senate version of the bill allowing immunity for up to three individuals that were at the scene and cooperating with emergency personnel. February 28
The bill amends statutory provisions concerning the mistreatment, self-neglect, and exploitation of at-risk adults. Each county department shall require each prospective employee who, during the course of his or her employment, will have direct contact with any actual or potential at-risk adult, to complete a fingerprint-based criminal history records check utilizing the records of the Colorado bureau of investigation. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. March 27
The bill creates the Medicaid payment reform and innovation pilot program (pilot program) for the purpose of implementing payment reform projects in Medicaid within the framework of the accountable care collaborative. The bill directs the department of Health Care Policy and Financing to facilitate collaboration among Medicaid providers, clients, advocates, and payers that is designed to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction and support the financial sustainability of the Medicaid program. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 24
As of 2011, Colorado law requires that mental health professionals meet certain licensing, certification, or registration requirements. These professionals are must make certain disclosures, both verbally and in writing, during the initial contact with a patient. Disclosures include the practitioner’s contact information and degrees held, explanations of state licensing, information on therapy generally, and that a registered psychotherapist is not licensed by the state. SB12-173 only removes the requirement that the entire disclosure be made verbally, it must still be made in writing. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 24
Needle Exchange Program for Larimer County
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The Northern Colorado AIDS Project has made a proposal to the Larimer County Board of Health to operate an authorized needle exchange program that will provide clean syringes for injection drug users, disposal of used syringes, referrals to drug treatment, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C testing, and other services. The Board of Directors voted to support this proposal. April 24
Amendment 64
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Amendment 64 is a ballot measure on the November 2012 ballot. Amendment 64 would legalize possession, use, and sales of marijuana within the state with regulations to be established and enforced by the Colorado Department of Revenue. The regulatory scheme in Amendment 64 would make recreational use of marijuana legal in a system intended to be similar to current regulation of alcohol within the state. The Board of Directors voted to take a neutral position and to make the Health District’s analysis of Amendment 64 publicly available. October 1