2017 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.

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2017 Legislative and Issue Analyses
Bill or Issue What it concerns HD Board Action Date Considered
SB17-057 - Hospital Provider Fee Enterprise
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Modifies 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 this bill. January 24, 2017
SB17-065 - Transparency in Direct Pay Health Care Prices
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This bill would require health providers and facilities to make available online the prices charged for their most commonly provided services. The prices listed would reflect the price for individuals without any insurance or third-party payer. The Board of Directors voted to support the concepts of this bill but ask legislators to consider refining the bill to reduce patient confusion on prices and to ensure the bill covers auxiliary services such as labs and imaging. February 14, 2017
SB17-004 - Medicaid Access to Providers
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This bill would allow medical providers to bill Medicaid recipients for health services provided when the provider is not enrolled in the Medicaid program and when the patient signs a written agreement that states he or she would be billed. If the requirements are met, the Medicaid recipient would be responsible for the cost of the medical services. The Board of Directors voted to oppose this bill. February 14, 2017
SB17-082 – Regulation of Methadone Treatment Facilities
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This bill would create new regulations on the location and operations of substance use treatment facilities that utilize methadone therapy. The regulations include 1,000 foot setbacks from a variety of other facilities, requirements for reporting of offenses by related businesses in other states, and defining methadone facilities as non-medical for purposes of local zoning laws. The Board of Directors voted to oppose SB17-082. February 28, 2017
SB17-019 – Medication Mental Illness In Justice Systems and SB17-021 – Assistance to Released Mentally Ill Offenders
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These bills come from the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems. SB17-019 would require the Office of Behavioral Health and the Department of Corrections to agree upon a medication formulary for use by providers, in addition to some other changes to encourage continuity of care in and out of corrections facilities. SB17-021 would establish a housing and supportive services program for individuals with mental illness being released from the justice system. The Board of Directors voted to support SB17-019 and SB17-021. February 28, 2017
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Funding
The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is a survey of youth about health-related issues, substance use, and more. The survey is used to plan health interventions, understand community needs, and provide data on long-term health trends of Colorado youth. The Board of Directors voted to support the funding of the Health Kids Colorado Survey in the FY2017-18 Colorado Budget. February 28, 2017
Funding for Immunization Services and the Colorado Immunization Information System
The Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) is a vaccination information system that helps healthcare providers, schools, childcare centers, universities, and patients keep better track of the shots they or their clients have received or are missing. The program is funded in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment along with a variety of other immunization programs that ensure access to immunizations and information about immunization across the state. The Board of Directors voted to support the funding of immunizations services in the state budget, including the continued operations of the Colorado Immunization Information system, in the FY2017-18 Colorado Budget. February 28, 2017
Family Planning Funding
The FY2017-18 Colorado Budget request includes $2.5 million for family planning, including funding for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Studies of a program to provide LARC to low-income women have shown a significant health and wellness impact in many communities around Colorado. The Board of Directors voted to support continued funding of family planning, including long-acting reversible contraception, in the FY2017-18 Colorado Budget. February 28, 2017