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A7828C883273A74F8725899E0074E7B3 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB23-176

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Apr 27, 2023      
Location HCR 0107



SB23-176 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:16:56 PM  
The committee recessed.
03:17:21 PM  
The committee came back to order.
03:18:20 PM  
Representative deGruy
Kennedy, prime bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 23-176, concerning measures
to improve outcomes for individuals with an eating disorder.  The
bill creates prohibitions and requirements related to health care services
for individuals with disordered eating, including:




- prohibiting
Medicaid, starting July 1, 2023, and health insurance plans, starting January
1, 2024, from using body mass index, ideal body weight, or any achieved
weight standard to determine medical need or the level of care for individuals
with disordered eating; and




- prohibiting
retail establishments from selling over-the-counter diet pills to individuals
under 18-years-old without prescriptions, with rules to be created by the
State Board of Pharmacy within the Department of Regulatory Agencies.
03:20:41 PM  
Dr. AnneMarie O'Melia,
representing the Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Behavioral Health,
testified to amend the bill.  




Leanna Sultan,
representing the Eating Recovery Center, testified to amend the bill.  




Dr. Barbara Kessel,
representing Equip Health, testified to amend the bill.  




Dr. Elizabeth
Wassenaar, representing herself, testified to amend the bill.  




Dr. Maryrose Bauschka,
representing Denver Health, testified to amend the bill.




The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.
03:46:43 PM  
Lydia Rhino, representing
The Eating Disorder Foundation, testified in support of the bill.




Dr. Erin Harrop,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Dr. Lisa Brownstone,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.




Bridget Anshus,
representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill.




The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.
04:10:55 PM  
Dr. Patricia Westmoreland, representing the Colorado Psychiatric Society, testified to amend the bill and responded to answer questions from the committee.
04:22:45 PM  
Hannah Norling, representing
herself, testified in support of the bill.




Liz Selander,
representing Children’s Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the
bill.  




Steven Haden,
representing Envision You, testified in support of the bill.




Kimberly Dufrense,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.




Serena Nangia,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.




Aimee Resnick,
representing the Colorado Youth Advisory Council, testified in support
of the bill.  




Devin Kelly, representing
Denver Health, testified in support of the bill.  




The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.
04:48:07 PM  
Justin Brown, representing
the Eating Recovery Center, testified on the bill.




Jason Hopfer,
representing the Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified on the
bill.




The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.




Written testimony
was provided to the committee (Attachment B).
05:01:47 PM  
Representative deGruy Kennedy made comments to the committee regarding amendments.
05:06:07 PM  
Representative deGruy Kennedy made concluding remarks on the bill. Committee members made comments regarding the bill.


05:14:26 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-176 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Young
Seconded Jodeh
Amabile Yes
Bradfield No
Bradley Yes
English Excused
Gonzales-Gutierrez Excused
Hamrick Yes
Holtorf No
Jodeh Yes
Story Yes
Young Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 2   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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