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S_HHS_2023A 04/19/2023 11:07:48 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/19/2023
Attendance
Buckner *
Cutter *
Jaquez Lewis *
Mullica *
Rich X
Smallwood *
Will X
Ginal X
Fields X
Time 11:07:48 AM to 02:40:18 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Fields
This Report was prepared by Jerard Brown
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB23-1026 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB23-284 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB23-1225 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB23-1026 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


11:08:51 AM  
Senator Fields, prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 23-1026 concerning allowing courts to appoint a legal representative to represent the child’s best interest in child custody cases or in cases that concern the allocation of parental responsibilities. The bill also requires courts to presume parental determinations regarding grandparent time are in the best interest of the child, but allows grandparents the opportunity to provide evidence to overcome this presumption. The bill also changes the term “visitation” to “family time.”
11:13:07 AM  
Senator Fields explained
amendment L.009 (Attachment A). Committee members asked Senator Fields
questions.


11:15:48 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.009 (Attachment A).
Moved Fields
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:16:13 AM  
Committee members provided closing remarks.


11:17:40 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1026, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Fields
Seconded
Buckner Excused
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Excused
Mullica Excused
Rich Yes
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-284 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


11:17:47 AM  
Senator Bridges and
Senator Danielson, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 23-284
concerning requiring state-regulated insurance plans to cover a 12-month
supply of all FDA-approved contraceptives, or their therapeutic equivalent,
when permitted by the prescription and supply, without imposing prior authorization
requirements. The bill specifies that dispensing fees must be paid per
unit. Additionally, the plan must include point-of-sale coverage for over-the-counter
contraceptives without requiring a prescription, prior authorization, or
step therapy. The Commissioner of Insurance must establish corresponding
reporting requirements.




Committee members
asked the bill sponsors questions.
11:29:24 AM  
Jason Hopfer, representing
the Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified to amend the bill.




Alejandra Beatty,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Ms Kayla Frawley,
representing ProgressNow Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

11:40:15 AM  
The committee recessed.
11:55:35 AM  
The committee resumed.
11:55:44 AM  
Mrs. Claudia Perez,
representing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund, testified
in support of the bill.




Mar Galvez, representing
the Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, testified
in support of the bill.




Ms. Kathia Garcia,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Ms. Trina Griego,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Alicia Perez,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
12:10:29 PM  
Jill Mullen, representing
the Division of Insurance, testified in support of the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
12:15:15 PM  
The bill sponsors
and the committee provided closing remarks.


12:21:26 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-284 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Excused
Rich No
Smallwood Excused
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 1   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1225 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

12:21:43 PM  
The committee recessed.
12:52:11 PM  
The committee resumed.
12:52:18 PM  
Senator Jaquez Lewis
and Senator Buckner presented House Bill 23-1225 which makes several changes
to the Colorado Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board (the board)
in the Division of Insurance in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
These changes include:
  • limiting conflict
    of interest recusal requirements to board members only (excluding staff
    and contractors);
  • changing various
    cost thresholds for different types of drugs that prompt the board to conduct
    a review;
  • requiring the
    board to produce a report summarizing drug affordability data that it uses;removing
    the cap on the number of prescription drugs for which an upper payment
    limits may be established by the board annually;
  • making minor changes
    to the board’s appeal process;
  • extending the
    repeal date and associated sunset review of the board from September 1,
    2026, to September 1, 2031; and
  • expanding when
    an individual may request a review to include cases when the drug is no
    longer available in the state.
01:06:09 PM  
Hope Stonner, representing
the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, testified in support of the bill.




Austin Blumenfeld,
representing Centennial State Prosperity, testified in support of the bill.




Ms. Bethany Pray,
representing the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified in support
of the bill.
01:08:33 PM  
Mrs. Ethnie Treick,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Dr. Jennifer Kordell,
representing the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, testified in support
of the bill.




Dr. Natalia Tucker,
representing the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, testified in support
of the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
01:17:39 PM  
Ms. Dana Malick,
representing PhRMA, testified in opposition to the bill.




Ms. Amy Goodman,
representing the Colorado BioScience Association, testified in opposition
to the bill.




Mrs. Nina Anderson,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
01:46:56 PM  
Brett Michelin, representing
AAM, testified to amend the bill.




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




Rachel Beck, representing
the Colorado Competitive Council, testified in opposition to the bill.

01:50:42 PM  
Commissioner Michael
Conway, representing the Colorado Division of Insurance, testified in support
of the bill.




Ms. Lila Cummings,
representing the State of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
02:09:03 PM  
Stacy Suniga, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.




Additional written
testimony can be found in Attachment B.

02:13:04 PM  
Senator Jaquez Lewis
explained amendment L.019 (Attachment C).




Committee members
provided comments on the amendments and asked the bill sponsors questions.


02:23:19 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.019 (Attachment C).
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica Excused
Rich
Smallwood Excused
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:23:20 PM  
Committee members provided additional comments.
02:24:54 PM  
Senator Smallwood
explained amendment L.015 (Attachment D).




Committee members
discussed the amendment.
02:29:43 PM  
The committee members
recessed.
02:29:53 PM  
The committee resumed.
02:33:15 PM  
Committee members continued to discuss amendment L.015.


02:35:01 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.015 (Attachment D).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner No
Cutter No
Jaquez Lewis No
Mullica No
Rich Yes
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields No
YES: 4   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
02:35:59 PM  
The bill sponsors provided closing remarks.


02:40:04 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1225, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich No
Smallwood No
Will No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


02:40:18 PM   The committee adjourned.






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