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S_HHS_2022A 04/28/2022 01:45:01 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/28/2022
Attendance
Jaquez Lewis X
Kirkmeyer X
Moreno X
Simpson X
Smallwood X
Ginal X
Fields X
Time 01:45:01 PM to 06:52:18 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Ginal
This Report was prepared by Jerard Brown
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB22-1056 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1289 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1285 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB22-1284 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1290 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1325 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1122 Lay Over
HB22-1246 Referred to Senate Finance

HB22-1056 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


01:45:06 PM  
Senator Moreno, prime
bill sponsor, presented House Bill 22-1056, which requires the General
Assembly to annually appropriate money to the Department of Human Services
(DHS) to provide temporary shelter to children who are screened into the
placement, to help avoid or reduce the time they are held in detention
prior to or after adjudication. The funding must be sufficient to fund
five nights of shelter for each juvenile.



To receive funds, a judicial district’s juvenile services planning committee,
or the district (if the district does not have a committee) must submit
a plan to the DHS by September 1, 2022, detailing how the district will
provide temporary shelter. The committee or district must then submit a
plan annually thereafter. The bill outlines how a committee or district
may use the money including for the cost of care in a licensed temporary
shelter; transportation costs; providing support to a grandparent, kin,
or other suitable person; and other uses.



Written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment A).


01:49:46 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1056 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Moreno Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Excused
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1289 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:01:54 PM  
Senator Moreno, prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 22-1289, which expands Medicaid and Children's Basic Health Plan (CHP+) coverage to low-income pregnant people and children, regardless of immigration status (lookalike programs); requires the Insurance Commissioner to improve the quality of health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise; and extends a survey of birthing parents indefinitely.
02:07:27 PM  
Rayna Hetlage, representing
the Center for Health Progress, testified in support of the bill.



Dr. Lilia Cervantes, representing self, testified in support of the bill.



Mr. Giovany Juarez Granados, representing the Center for Health Progress,
testified in support of the bill.

02:14:59 PM  
Mr. Armando Peniche, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Ana Casas Ibarra, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Erin Miller, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. Brianna Morgan, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions of the panel.

02:29:27 PM  
Talaya Banks, representing
Soul 2 Soul Sisters, testified in support of the bill.



Matthew Server, representing the Colorado Catholic Conference, testified
in support of the bill.




Additional written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment
B).
02:34:09 PM  
Senator Moreno introduced
and explained amendment L.008 (Attachment C).

02:35:11 PM  
Committee members asked questions of the bill sponsors.
02:36:49 PM  
Erin Reynolds, Legislative
Council Staff, responded to questions about the fiscal note from the committee.
02:44:27 PM  
Medicaid Director Tracy Johnson, representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, was available to answer committee questions.
02:44:28 PM  
Senator Moreno further
explained amendment L.008 (Attachment C).


02:50:58 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.008 (Attachment C).
Moved Moreno
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Moreno
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:51:50 PM  
Senator Moreno provided closing remarks.


02:53:55 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1289, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Moreno
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Moreno Yes
Simpson No
Smallwood No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1285 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:55:40 PM  
Senator Moreno and Senator Cooke, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 22-1285, which prohibits a hospital from pursuing a collection action against a patient owing debt if the hospital was not in compliance with federal price transparency laws on the date that the items or services were provided to the patient, allows a patient to pursue legal action, and requires certain remedies from hospitals for violations.
02:59:15 PM  
Jackie Zheleznyak, representing Denver Health and Hospital Authority, testified in opposition to the bill.

Committee members asked questions of Ms. Zheleznyak.

03:04:38 PM  
Katherine Mulready, representing the Colorado Hospital Association, testified to amend the bill.

Committee members asked questions of Ms. Mulready.

03:13:45 PM  
Ms. Allison Sorkin,
representing UCHealth, testified to amend the bill.
03:16:27 PM  
Executive Director
Kim Bimestefer, representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy
and Financing, testified in support of the bill.



Ms. Isabel Cruz, representing the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative,
testified in support of the bill.



Ms. Bethany Pray, representing the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified
in support of the bill.



Robert Smith, representing the Colorado Business Group on Health, testified
in support of the bill.



Committee members asked questions of the panel.

03:29:58 PM  
Ms. Anne Ladd, representing the Peak Health Alliance, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions of Ms. Ladd.

03:35:46 PM  
David Silverstein, representing self, testified in support of this bill.
03:39:47 PM  
Senator Cooke and Senator Moreno provided closing remarks.


03:42:14 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1285 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Moreno
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Moreno Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1284 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


03:42:36 PM  
Senator Gardner and Senator Petterson, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 22-1284, which aligns current state surprise billing laws with the federal No Surprises Act and creates a deceptive trade practice.
03:55:05 PM  
Commissioner of Insurance Michael Conway, representing the Division of Insurance, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions of Commissioner Conway.

03:59:46 PM  
Adam Fox, representing the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, testified in support of the bill.

Mr. Stuart Jenkins, representing Healthier Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Mrs. Amanda Massey, representing the Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified in support of the bill.

Karlee Tebbutt, representing the American Health Insurance Plan, testified in support of the bill.

04:08:33 PM  
Danielle DuChateau,
representing self, testified in support of the bill.





Additional written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment
D).
04:12:32 PM  
Senator Gardner provided closing remarks.


04:13:08 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1284 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Moreno Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1290 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


04:13:55 PM  
Senator Zenzinger and Senator Coram, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 22-1290, which prohibits the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing from requiring prior authorization for any repair of complex rehabilitation technology, and increases the rural reimbursement rate for complex rehabilitation technology repairs.
04:19:39 PM  
Alex Weichselbaum,
representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing,
testified in support of the bill.

04:22:39 PM  
Ms. Jeanette Hensley, representing Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.

Ms Robin Bolduc, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. Jeremy-J Chatelain, representing the Independence Center, testified in support of the bill.

Kenneth Maestas, representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members made comments to the panel.

04:35:38 PM  
Susan Kennedy, representing
the Colorado Association for Medical Equipment Suppliers, testified in
support of the bill.



Ted Malkowski, representing NuMotion, testified in support of the bill.



Jim Vacik, representing self, testified in support of the bill.





Additional written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment
E).


04:43:17 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1290 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Moreno Excused
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1325 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


04:43:38 PM  
Senator Ginal, prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 22-1325, which requires the Division of Insurance in the Department of Regulatory Agencies to create, implement, and evaluate standards around the use of valued based payments in the health insurance system.
04:46:04 PM  
Allyson Gottsman,
representing self, testified in support of the bill.



Tara Smith, representing the Colorado Division of Insurance, testified
in support of the bill.



Ms. Isabel Cruz, representing the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative,
testified in support of the bill.



Mrs. Amanda Massey, representing the Colorado Association of Health Plans,
testified in opposition to the bill.
04:57:21 PM  
Dr. David Keller,
representing Children’s Hospital Colorado and American Academy of Pediatrics,
testified in support of the bill.



Dr. Stephanie Gold, representing the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians,
testified in support of the bill.



Mr. Andy Rose, representing the Colorado Medicaid Behavioral Health Provider
Network, testified to amend the bill.
05:07:36 PM  
Mr. Stuart Jenkins,
representing Healthier Colorado, testified in support of the bill.





Additional written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment
F).
05:11:31 PM  
Senator Smallwood
introduced and explained amendment L.015 (Attachment G).



05:12:46 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.015 (Attachment G).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Moreno Excused
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:13:05 PM  
Senator Ginal provided closing remarks.


05:15:03 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1325, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Moreno Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1122 - Lay Over


05:15:19 PM  
Senator Jaquez Lewis, prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 22-1122, which requires pharmacy benefit managers to reimburse pharmacies at certain rates, and also creates the 340B Prescription Drug Program Anti-Discrimination Act, which, among its provisions, prohibits a third party that reimburses a 340B covered entity for 340B drugs from imposing fees, charge backs, or other adjustments on covered entities or contract pharmacies based on their participation in the 340B drug pricing program, or requiring a claim for a drug to include a modifier to indicate that the drug is a 340B drug unless the claim is for payment, directly or indirectly, by the Medicaid program.

Committee members asked questions of Senator Jaquez Lewis.

05:35:04 PM  
Mr. Patrick Boyle,
representing the Pharmacy Care Management Association, testified in opposition
to the bill.



Mrs. Amanda Massey, representing the Colorado Association of Health Plans,
testified in opposition to the bill.



Loren Furman, representing the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, testified
in opposition to the bill.



Travis Berry, representing the Colorado Competitive Council, testified
in opposition to the bill.



Committee members asked questions of the panel.
05:50:49 PM  
Ms. Karlee Tebbutt, representing America's Health Insurance Plans, testified in opposition to the bill.

Dr. Greg Hageman, representing Sunrise Community Health, testified in support of the bill.

05:56:04 PM  
Mr. Lucas Smith, representing Buena Vista Pharmacy, testified in support of the bill.

Mr. Brian Warren, representing the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, testified in opposition to the bill.

Sally West, representing Walgreens, testified to amend the bill.

Rob Geddes, representing Safeway and Albertsons, testified to amend the bill.

06:06:59 PM  
Mrs. Alice Steiner,
representing the Colorado Community Health Network, testified in support
of the bill.



Bill Keeton, representing Vivent Health, testified in support of the bill.



Committee members asked questions of the panel.
06:18:07 PM  
Mr. Ky Davis, representing
Harris Pharmacy, testified in support of the bill.



Mr. Tom Davis, representing Kiowa Pharmacy, testified in support of the
bill.



Dr. Emily Zadvorny, representing Colorado Pharmacists Society, testified
in support of the bill.




Additional written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment
H).




Committee members asked questions of the panel.

06:42:08 PM  
Senator Fields laid
the bill over for action only.



HB22-1246 - Referred to Senate Finance


06:43:53 PM  
Senator Buckner, prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 22-1246, which allows a pharmacy located in a hospice inpatient unit to register as a Specialized Prescription Drug Outlet.
06:46:36 PM  
Alan Morse, representing the Home Care and Hospice Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions of Mr. Morse.

06:50:03 PM  
Senator Buckner provided closing remarks.


06:51:09 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1246 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Moreno Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:52:18 PM   The committee adjourned.






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