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Legislative Roundup 3: What We’re Watching

March 1, 2013

Few bills have been introduced since our last legislative roundup. This week, we updated the list of bills we are monitoring to reflect their progress. Please stay tuned since we anticipate that a number of noteworthy health-related bills will be introduced in the coming weeks.   

It is important to note that the Colorado Health Institute does not take a position on bills, but we do closely follow the latest happenings at the Capitol and how decisions will impact health and health policy in Colorado.

This is the roundup of bills  we are watching and their updated status.

SB 13-006: No Reduction in K-12 Education To Expand Medicaid Sponsor: Sen. David Balmer (R) Status: Failed in committee

SB 13-008: Eliminate Waiting Period Under CHP+ Sponsors: Rep. Beth McCann (D) and Sen. Linda Newell (D) Status: Passed Senate, onto House (Votes in Senate: 22 yes, 12 no)

SB 13-023: Increase Damages Caps Under CGIA Sponsors: Sen. Bill Cadman (R) and Sen. John Morse (D) Status: Passed Senate Judiciary Committee (Votes in Committee: 5 yes, 0 no)

SB 13-111: Require Reports Of Elder Abuse And Exploitation Sponsors: Rep. Sue Schafer (D), Rep. Amy Stephens (R) and Sen. Evie Hudak (D) Status: Passed Senate Judiciary Committee (Votes in Committee: 4 yes, 1 no)

SB 13-137: Improving Medicaid Fraud Detection Sponsors: Sen. Ellen Roberts (R) Status: Assigned to Senate Health and Human Services Committee

HB 13-1006: K-12 Breakfast After The Bell Nutrition Program Sponsors: Rep. Dominick Moreno (D), Rep. Thomas Exum Sr. (D) and Sen. Angela Giron (D) Status: Referred Amended to Appropriations (Vote in Committee: 11 yes, 2 no)

HB 13-1015: Disclose Mental Health Claims to All-payer Database Sponsors: Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D) and Sen. John Kefalas (D) Status: Passed Senate Health and Human Services Committee (Vote in Committee: 7 yes, 0 no)

HB 13-1063: Emergency Service Providers Critical Care Endorsement Sponsors: Rep. Leroy Garcia (D) and Sen. Angela Giron (D) Status: Passed House and Senate (Vote in House: 63 yes, 0 no; Vote in Senate: 34 yes, 0 no)

HB 13-1068: On-site Inspections Of Medicaid Providers Sponsors: Rep. Dave Young (D) and Sen. Ellen Roberts (R) Status: Passed House, onto Senate (Vote in House: 65 yes, 0 no)

HB 13-1115: CoverColorado Repeal Sponsors: Rep. Beth McCann (D), Sen. Ellen Roberts (R) and Sen. Pat Steadman (D) Status: Passed House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee (Vote in Committee: 10 yes, 0 no)

HB 13-1175: Higher Education Funding Before Medicaid Expansion Sponsors: Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R) Status:  Assigned to House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee and Appropriations (Postponed Indefinitely)

HB 13-1196: Report Waste-Prevention Methods of Accountable Care Collaborative Sponsors: Rep. Amy Stephens (R) Status: Passed House Public Health Care and Human Services (Vote in Committee: 13 yes, 0 no)