2014 Legislative and Issue Analyses

To view the analyses, click on More Info below the bill number or issue. All documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat for viewing.

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.

2014 Legislative and Issue Analyses
Bill or Issue What it concerns HD Board Action Date Considered
HB14-1045
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Extends the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program for five years (until 2019) to ensure that women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer receive the treatment they need. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. January 28
HB14-1051
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Requires Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing to come up with a strategic plan to eliminate the lengthy waiting list for individuals needing services. Further, the department will make annual reports to the General Assembly on progress toward reaching this goal. The Board of Directors voted to strongly Support this bill. January 28
HB14-1122
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Requires most medical marijuana edible products be sold in child-proof packages and changes penalties for retail marijuana stores that sell to individuals under 21 years of age. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. January 28
SB14-018
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Changes statutory language regarding tobacco products to include nicotine products that might not fit into the existing definitions. This is to ensure that minors do not have access to e-cigarettes and similar products. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. January 28
Mental Health First Aid
The governor’s budget request for FY2014-15 included $750,000 to expand Mental Health First Aid program availability around the state. MHFA is an evidence-based program to help community members understand the signs of mental health issues and understand the resources available in the community. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support this budget item in the FY2014-15 budget. January 28
HB14-1053
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Permits the commissioner of insurance to adopt rules to ensure that the requirements for pediatric dental benefits in health benefit plans offered in this state are consistent regardless of whether a plan is purchased via the Colorado health benefit exchange or outside the exchange.
HB14-1263
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Increases the state age of purchase for tobacco products from 18 to 21. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support this bill. February 12
HB14-1225
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Requires hands-free telephone while driving in school zone and prohibits the use of mobile phone applications while driving. Voted to strongly support prohibitions on the use of mobile apps while driving and strong restrictions on cell phone use while driving. However, the Board is unable to support HB14-1225 in its current form. February 12
HB14-1283
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Modifies the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to increase use of the system by practitioners. The bill would also allow PDMP users to delegate the use of the system to staff, to make use more efficient and practical. Further, the bill would allow Dept. of Regulatory Affairs to create a task force to evaluate future changes to the system. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support this bill. March 25
Expansion of the City of Fort Collins Smoking Ordinance
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Modifies the city’s smoking ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes where smoking traditional cigarettes is prohibited and to require 100% of hotel and motel rooms to be smoke free. The Health District Board of Directors voted to strongly support the e-cigarette proposal and support the change for hotel and motel rooms. June 24
HB14-1207
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Codifies a Colorado Department of Health and Environment program to provide for the collection and disposal of unused medications to ensure proper disposal and to prevent medications from being misused. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 9, 2014
HB14-1281
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This bill allows terminally ill patients to have expedited access to investigational drugs that have passed the first stage of FDA testing. No position April 9, 2014
HB14-1288
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Requires that, before a student attends school, the student be immunized or a parent can get an exemption. If the exemption is for “personally held beliefs,” the parent must have a statement from a physician or a certificate of completion of an online module. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 9, 2014
HB14-1359
Requires health insurance companies to pay for medication synchronization programs that increase medication adherence through allowing the patient to pick up many prescriptions at the same time. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 22, 2014
HB14-1386
Revises the Colorado Revised Statutes in regard to definitions of “gravely disabled” and “danger to self or others” in regard to mental health and substance abuse involuntary holds. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 22, 2014
SB14-180
Sets up the low income senior dental program in Health Care and Policy Finance to replace the Old Age Pension dental program in Colorado Dept.of Public Health and Environment. Provides dental services for seniors that otherwise are without access to dental services. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support this bill. April 22, 2014