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S_HHS_2023A 04/27/2023 06:56:23 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/27/2023
Attendance
Buckner X
Cutter X
Jaquez Lewis *
Mullica *
Rich E
Smallwood X
Will X
Ginal X
Fields X
Time 06:56:23 PM to 11:22:04 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Fields
This Report was prepared by Matthu Beck
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 23-Health — State Board Of Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 23-Air Quality Control Commission Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
HB23-1153 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB23-298 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB23-1158 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB23-1201 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB23-1218 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB23-1209 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB23-1215 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

Conf 23-Health — State Board Of - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


06:59:43 PM  
Marrisa Wilkins presented on behalf of Evelinn Borrayo, Thomas Butts, Christina Suh, and Jeff Kuhr for their appointments to the Board of Health. Their appointment letters may be found as Attachment A. Ms. Wilkins described the appointees background in health. Ms. Suh described her background in health and reasons for wanting to serve on the Board of Health. Mr. Kuhr described his background in health and reasons for wanting to serve on the board. Ms. Borrayo described her background in health and reasons for wanting to serve on the board. Mr. Butts described his background in health and reasons for wanting to serve on the board.


07:10:16 PM
Motion I move to the full Senate, with a favorable recommendation, the appointment of Christina Suh, Jeff Kuhr, Evelinn Borrayo, and Thomas Butts to the State Board of Health. I move that the confirmations be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood Yes
Will Excused
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 23-Air Quality Control Commission - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


07:11:14 PM  
Ms. Tara Trujillo
presented on the behalf of Randal Ahrens, Gerald Arnold, Jon Slutsky, and
Guillermo "Bill" Gonzalez for appointment to the Air Quality
Control Commission. Bill Gonzalez discussed his background related to air
quality and his reasons for wanting to be appointed to the commission.
Randal Ahrens discussed his background related to air quality and his reasons
for wanting to be appointed to the commission. Jon Slutsky discussed his
background related to air quality and his reasons for wanting to be appointed
to the commission. Their appointment letter can be found as Attachment
B.
07:27:59 PM  
Members of the committee asked questions of the appointees.


07:32:48 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Randal Ahrens, Gerald Arnold, Jon Slutsky, Guillermo "Bill" Gonzalez to the Conf 23-Air Quality Control Commission to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1153 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


07:33:24 PM  
Senators Rodriguez and Pelton, co-prime bill sponsors, opened on House Bill 23-1153 relating to pathways to behavioral health care. Members of the committee asked questions of the sponsors.
07:42:13 PM  
Dr. Donna Lynne,
representing Denver Health, testified in support of the bill.




Mark Falcone,
representing Center City Collaborative, testified in support of the bill.




Katie First, representing
Colorado Counties Inc, testified in support of the bill.




Edie Sonn, representing
Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in support of the bill.




Commissioner Tamara
Pogue, representing Summit County/Colorado Counties Inc., testified in
support of the bill.
07:52:39 PM  
Director of the Office
of Civil and Forensic Mental Health Leora Jospeh, representing Colorado
Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.




Bridget Anshus,
representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
07:56:50 PM  
Director of Homeless
Initiatives Cole Chandler, representing the Colorado Department of Human
Services, testified in support of the bill.




Alexis Alltop,
representing Healthier Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

08:02:27 PM  
Senators Rodriguez and Pelton gave closing remarks on the bill. Members of the committee gave closing remarks.


08:06:18 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1153 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-298 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

08:07:01 PM  
Senators Gardner and Roberts opened on Senate Bill 23-298 regarding allowing public hospital collaboration agreements. The bill sponsors answered questions from the committee.
08:12:30 PM  
Mark Waller, representing
the Eastern Plains Healthcare Consortium, testified in support of the bill.




Executive Director
Kim Bimestefer, representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy
and Financing, testified to amend the bill.




Jefferey Riester,
representing the Department of law, testified to amend the bill.




Special Financing
Division Director Nancy Dolson, representing the Colorado Department of
Health Care Policy and Financing, was available to answer committee questions.

08:19:25 PM  
Kelly Erb, representing
the Colorado Rural Health Center, testified in support of the bill.




Bridget Garcia,
representing the Colorado Hospital Association, testified in support of
the bill.




Members of the
committee asked follow up questions.

08:26:56 PM  
The bill sponsors
presented amendments L.001 (Attachment C), L.003 (Attachment D), L.004
(Attachment E), and L.005 (Attachment F).



08:26:57 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


08:28:25 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment D).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


08:29:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment E).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


08:30:05 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment F).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
08:30:06 PM  
The bill sponsors gave closing remarks on Senate Bill 23-298.


08:32:02 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-298, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1158 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


08:32:10 PM  
Senator Mullica, primary bill sponsor, opened on House Bill 23-1158 regarding the Colorado commodity supplemental food grant program. Members of the commmittee asked questions.
08:34:50 PM  
Carol Pace, representing
AARP, testified in support of the bill.




Sarah Gregory,
representing Feeding Colorado, testified in support of the bill.




Effie Rorke, representing
Feeding Colorado, testified in support of the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.




Additional written
testimony may be found in Attachment G.

08:43:52 PM  
Senator Mullica explained
amendment L.004 (Attachment H).


08:46:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment H).
Moved Mullica
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
08:46:56 PM  
Senator Mullica gave closing remarks on House Bill 23-1158.


08:49:40 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1158, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Mullica
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood No
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1201 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


08:49:53 PM  
Senators Smallwood
and Mullica, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 23-1201 regarding
rx drug benefit contract term requirements. They answered questions from
the committee.
09:03:50 PM  
Executive Director
Kim Bimestefer, representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy
& Financing, testified in support of the bill. A packet of testimony
from the Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing was distributed
(Attachment H). Members of the committee asked the panel questions.
09:12:07 PM  
Ms. Anne Ladd, representing
the Peak Health Alliance, testified in support of the bill.




Dr  Lucas
Smith, representing RxPlus Pharmacies, testified in support of the bill.




Additional written
testimony may be found in Attachment I.
09:16:53 PM  
Senators Smallwood and Mullica, co-prime sponsors, gave closing remarks on House Bill 23-1201.


09:18:38 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1201 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1218 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

09:19:12 PM  
Senator Jacquez Lewis opened on House Bill 23-1218 regarding health facility patient information denied services.
09:26:56 PM  
Alison Gill, representing
American Atheists, testified in support of the bill.




Shannon Russell,
representing Catholics for Choice, testified in support of the bill.




Ms. Leslie Kalechman,
representing AARP Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
09:32:35 PM  
Philip Shimel, representing
Cobalt Advocates, testified in support of the bill.




Joshua Ewing,
representing the Colorado Hospital Association, testified to amend the
bill.




Additional written
testimony may be found in Attachment J.

09:38:33 PM  
Senator Jacquez Lewis
presented amendments L.015 (Attachment K) and L.016 (Attachment L).


09:39:17 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.015 (Attachment K).
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


09:40:06 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.016 (Attachment L).
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
09:40:07 PM  
Senator Jacquez Lewis gave closing remarks on House Bill 23-1218.


09:41:30 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1218, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood Excused
Will No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 1   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1209 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

09:42:01 PM  
Senator Jacquez Lewis presented House Bill 23-1209 regarding analyzing statewide publicly financed healthcare.
09:42:49 PM  
Virginia Gebhart,
representing the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care, testified
in support of the bill.
09:49:33 PM  
Mrs. Kelly Campbell,
representing America’s Health Insurance Plans, testified in opposition
to the bill.




Jason Hopfer,
representing the Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified in opposition
to the bill.




Mr. Dave Davia,
representing Rocky Mountain MCA, testified in opposition to the bill.




Members of the
panel answered questions from the committee.

10:01:07 PM  
Angelique Espinoza,
representing Good Business Colorado, testified in support of the bill.




Dr. Michael Neil,
representing the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support
of the bill.




Mr. Nathan Wilkes,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Commissioner George
Marlin, representing Counties and Commissioners Acting Together, testified
in a neutral position on the bill.




Mr. Guinn Unger,
representing the Colorado Healthcare Coalition, testified in support of
the bill.




Members of the
panel answered questions from the committee.

10:23:33 PM  
Senator Jacquez Lewis
explained amendment L.020 (Attachment M). Members of the committee asked
questions.


10:26:41 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.020 (Attachment M).
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood No
Will No
Ginal No
Fields Yes
YES: 5   NO: 3   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
10:26:42 PM  
Senator Smallwood
explained amendment L.016 (Attachment N). Members of the committee discussed
the amendment.


10:35:25 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.016 (Attachment N).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter No
Jaquez Lewis No
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
YES: 6   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
10:35:40 PM  
Senator Smallwood
explained amendment L.017 (Attachment O). Members of the committee discussed
the amendment.


10:38:59 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.017 (Attachment O).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:38:59 PM  
Senator Smallwood
explained amendment L.019 (Attachment P). Members of the committee discussed
the amendment.


10:46:58 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.019 (Attachment P).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:48:38 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.021 (Attachment Q).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:48:39 PM  
Senator Smallwood
presented amendment L.021 (Attachment Q).
10:50:26 PM  
Senator Jacquez Lewis gave closing remarks on the bill.


10:55:24 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1209, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood No
Will No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1215 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

10:55:39 PM  
The committee recessed.
10:56:10 PM  
The committee resumed.
10:56:12 PM  
Senators Cutter and
Mullica, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 23-1215 regarding
hospital facility fees. Members of the committee asked questions.




Written testimony
may be found in Attachment R.
11:11:45 PM  
Senator Cutter explained
amendments L.018 (Attachment S) and L.017 (Attachment T).


11:15:51 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.018 (Attachment S).
Moved Cutter
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


11:16:09 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.017 (Attachment T).
Moved Cutter
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:16:21 PM  
Senator Mullica explained
amendment L.020

(Attachment U).


11:17:36 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.020 (Attachment U).
Moved Mullica
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich Excused
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:17:52 PM  
Senators Mullica and Cutter gave closing remarks on the bill. Members of the committee gave closing remarks.


11:21:53 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1215, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Cutter
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Excused
Smallwood No
Will No
Ginal Excused
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


11:22:04 PM   The committee adjourned.






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