2018 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 website 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.

2018 Legislative and Issue Analyses
Bill or Issue What it concerns HD Board Action Date Considered
All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) Funding
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The APCD was formed in 2010 with the passage of HB10-1330. The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing requested $2.8 million in total state funds for FY2018-2109 to support APCD operations and backfill the private grants that are expiring. Data from the APCD gives the health community and policymakers insights about health care costs, quality, utilization, and other data. Through this increased data transparency, the information informs the public about spending and ways to improve care. The Board of Directors voted to support the funding of the All-Payer Claims Database, whether that occurs through the budgetary or legislative process. January 23, 2018
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Funding
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As in previous years, the 2018-2019 budget request includes $2.5 million for family planning, including LARC. The LARC program continues to greatly expand the use of this method, which has been demonstrated to significantly decrease the rates of fertility and abortions among young women throughout the state. The Board of Directors voted to support the funding of LARC in 2018-2019 budgetary process. January 23, 2018
SB18-108: iDrive Campaign
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A statewide coalition called the iDrive Colorado Campaign has formed to support the attempt to restore access to licenses for all undocumented Coloradans. There are significant public health and safety benefits of providing Colorado’s undocumented immigrants with a form of identification and the ability to drive legally. The Board of Directors voted to support the iDrive Campaign and support the associated forthcoming legislation, if consistent with the intent of the white paper. January 23, 2018
SB18-146: Freestanding Emergency Department Consumer Notices
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This bill requires a freestanding emergency department (FSED) to provide a person seeking treatment with a written statement of the patient’s rights, a sign that emphasizes that the FSED is not an urgent care center or primary care provider, and a disclosure after screening that delineates facility fees, chargemaster prices on common services, and the insurances that the hospital takes. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support the bill, SB18-146. February 13, 2018
SB18-132: 1332 Federal Waiver Catastrophic Plans
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This bill requires the Commissioner of Insurance to apply for a Section 1332 waiver, also known as a state innovation waiver, from the Federal government by January 1, 2019. This waiver would expand the populations that are allowed to enroll in catastrophic plans from just those meeting the age or hardship requirement to any Colorado resident. The Board of Directors voted to strongly oppose the bill, SB18-132. February 13, 2018
HB18-1003: Opioid Misuse Prevention
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The bill extends the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee to July 2020. Activities related to substance use disorders are added to school-based health center grant criteria and funds are appropriated. A competitive grant program for SBIRT is created. Furthermore, continuing education activities for prescribers regarding pain management, prescribing practices, medication-assisted treatment and other relevant topics. Education and training programs are to be developed for law-enforcement, first responders, and those at-risk for overdose about using opioid antagonists The Board of Directors voted to support the bill, HB18-1003. February 13, 2018
HB18-1136: Section 1115 Medicaid Residential & Inpatient Treatment Waiver
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The bill adds residential and inpatient substance use disorder treatment as an optional service for Colorado's Medicaid program. For this addition to occur, a Section 1115 waiver must be sought from the Federal government to be able to receive federal matching funds. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support the bill, HB18-1136. February 13, 2018
SB18-040: Substance Use Disorder Harm Reduction
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This bill allows for the expansion of harm reduction methods such as syringe access programs into hospitals. Additionally, this bill allows schools to develop policies regarding naloxone as long as training for school staff is a component of the policy. A study is to be conducted by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to study penalties related to opioids including their efficacy and impact on those seeking treatment. Finally, a pilot program for a supervised injection facility in the City and County of Denver. The Board of Directors voted to support components of this bill. (Read more at link.)

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February 13, 2018