2016 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.

2016 Legislative and Issue Analyses
Bill or Issue What it concerns HD Board Action Date Considered
Hospital Provider Fee Enterprise
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Modify the Hospital Provider Fee to a state enterprise to reduce its impact on the state budget due to TABOR revenue caps. The Board of Directors voted to support the development of legislation in the 2016 legislative session to change the HPF to a state enterprise. Nov. 17, 2015
Family Planning Services in 2016-17 Budget
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The Governor’s budget request for the 2016-17 fiscal year includes approximately $2.5 million for family planning services in the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). These funds would be used to support services at family planning centers across the state and could be used for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) for low-income women. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support the 2016-17 budget request for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment of $2.5 million to support family planning services that would include LARC. January 26, 2016
Medicaid Reimbursement in the 2016-17 Budget
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The Governor’s budget request for the 2016-17 fiscal year includes a 1% reduction for all community provider rates and an end to increased reimbursement for Medicaid primary care providers. The Board of Directors voted to strongly oppose the proposed reduction to community provider rates and the end of the increased primary care provider rates under Medicaid. The Board expressed concern that both could cause significant care access issues February 9, 2016
HB16-1102
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Drug Manufacturing Cost Transparency. This bill would require manufacturers of some of the highest cost pharmaceuticals sold in Colorado to report specific cost and pricing information to the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care, which will then report to the General Assembly. The goal is to better understand the components that go into high drug pricing. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. February 9, 2016
HB16-1370
This bill would create a statewide registry of tobacco retailers that would largely preempt efforts to require licensure of retailers. Failure to register or failure to renew a registration would lead to a fine of $500 or $25, respectively. In addition, the bill would increase penalty fees on sales of nicotine products to minors. Finally, the bill enlarges a state prohibition on local control and licensure of cigarettes sales to include other products. If a locality were to license cigarettes, tobacco, or nicotine products, the locality would not receive any portion of a state tobacco tax. The Board of Directors voted to strongly oppose this bill. March 22, 2016
SB16-069
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Community Paramedicine Regulation. This bill would license and regulate mobile integrated community health services, also referred to as community paramedicine. These services are proven to be a cost effective means of reducing hospital readmission and providing patients with better care, but the development of the programs are currently hindered by a lack of state licensure. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. March 22, 2016
HB16-1047
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Medical Licensure Interstate Compact.This bill would sign Colorado onto the Medical Licensure Interstate Compact, which seeks to standardize application processes and databases across the country to better facilitate physicians’ applications to practice in other states. This bill would speed up licensing process and reduce application burdens on physicians and on the state board, without reducing state control over admissions The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. March 22, 2016
HB16-1319
Prohibit Coal Rolling in Diesel Vehicles. This bill prohibits the intentional blowing of black smoke through exhaust pipes after modification of the vehicle for the purpose of harassing another driver, bicyclists, or pedestrians. The Board of Directors voted to support the concept of penalizing those that tamper with pollution control devices for entertainment or harassment purposes, but would support this bill only with language changes that would make it more enforceable. March 22, 2016
HB16-1319 (position changed)
Prohibit Coal Rolling in Diesel Vehicles. This bill prohibits the intentional blowing of black smoke through exhaust pipes after modification of the vehicle for the purpose of harassing another driver, bicyclists, or pedestrians. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill as amended in the House Transportation Committee to address enforcement issues. April 12, 2016
HB16-1436
This bill would prevent the manufacture and sale of retail marijuana edible products in shapes that would entice children. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 12, 2016
HB16-1374
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Freestanding Emergency Room Transparency. After a determination that a patient does not have an emergency medical condition, this bill would require freestanding emergency rooms to notify patients of the facility's status as an ER, the facility fee charge, that the facility may or may not be in the patient’s insurance network, and that the patient might want to visit a primary care physician. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 12, 2016
SB16-147
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Colorado Suicide Prevention Model. This bill would require the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to convene stakeholder groups for the purpose of developing and implanting a statewide model (zero suicide) for prevention of suicide through collaboration, training, and education. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. April 12, 2015
Advance Care Planning
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For advance care directives to be effective, documents (directives, living wills, durable medical powers of attorney) must be current, treating providers (and others) must know the documents exist, and the provider must adhere to the individual’s wishes. Public policy options exist that would improve awareness of and access to these documents, including a state advance directive registry, an indicator on drivers licenses, and more. The Board voted to support efforts to develop legislation or other public policy that would improve health provider awareness of completed advance care planning documents and improve accessibility of these documents when they are most needed. August 23, 2016
Mental health detox/substance abuse facility and services ballot issue
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The issue calls for a county-wide sales and use tax of $0.25 on $100, beginning January 1, 2017, to build, improve, maintain, and operate a treatment and detox facility for mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, and associated support services in connection with this facility. The Board of Directors approved a resolution in support of the ballot issue. August 23, 2016