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S_HHS_2023A 05/03/2023 11:17:18 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 05/03/2023
Attendance
Buckner X
Cutter X
Jaquez Lewis *
Mullica X
Rich X
Smallwood X
Will X
Ginal X
Fields X
Time 11:17:18 AM to 02:12:47 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Fields
This Report was prepared by Jerard Brown
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB23-1223 Referred to Senate Appropriations
Conf 23-Medical Services Board Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
HB23-1269 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB23-1303 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB23-1226 Referred to Senate Appropriations

HB23-1223 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


11:19:00 AM  
Senator Fields, prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 23-1223 concerning establishing a task force to coordinate the distribution of existing and new grants to reduce youth violence, suicide, and delinquency risk for target communities.

Committee members asked the panel questions

11:37:47 AM  
Ms. Brianna Buentello, representing Stand for Children Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions of Ms. Buentello.

11:43:45 AM  
Senator Fields provided closing remarks.


11:45:29 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1223 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Fields
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



Conf 23-Medical Services Board - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


11:46:22 AM  
Chris Sykes introduced Dr. Idalia Massa-Carroll, the appointee to the Medical Services Board. The appointment letter may be found in Attachment A. Dr. Massa-Carroll introduced herself and discussed her reasons for wanting to serve on the board. Committee members made comments to the appointee.


11:51:19 AM
Motion Refer the appointment of Idalia Masa-Carroll to the Conf 23-Medical Services Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Cutter
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Excused
Mullica Yes
Rich Yes
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Excused
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1269 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


11:51:53 AM  
Senator Bridges and Senator Gardner, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 23-1269 concerning enacting measures to better understand the behavioral health needs of children and youth, and creates a cash fund to provide additional resources to providers serving children and youth with more intensive needs.
11:55:16 AM  
Alli Daley, representing
Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



Deputy Director Mollie Bradlee, representing the Colorado Department of
Human Services, testified in support of the bill.



Benjamin Teevan, representing the Colorado Association of Family and Children’s
Agencies, testified in support of the bill.



Mrs Jamie Ulrich, representing Colorado Counties, Inc, testified in support
of the bill.
12:04:36 PM  
Senator Bridges provided closing remarks.


12:07:57 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1269 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Cutter
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich Yes
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Excused
Final YES: 8   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1303 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


12:08:30 PM  
Senator Hansen and Senator Roberts, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 23-1303 concerning several changes to the regulation of insurance regarding impaired or insolvent insurers including: changing the priority of distribution of insurance claims paid from an insurer's estate in the event of the insurer's liquidation. Specifically, class 1 distribution priority payments will include payments that an impaired or insolvent insurer owes to the risk adjustment program that are necessary to prevent another insurer from becoming impaired or insolvent. This adjustment is in effect through June 30, 2026. The bill also makes changes to the “Life and Health Insurance Protection Association Act” to:
· add health maintenance organizations (HMOs) as members of the Colorado Life and Health Insurance Protection Association and subject HMOs to assessments from the association;
· allocate responsibility for long-term care insurance assessments between health insurance and life insurance association members; and
· specify that the act does not provide coverage to a person who acquires rights to receive, or to a payee or beneficiary that transfers its rights in, a structured settlement factoring transaction, as defined in federal law, regardless of when the transaction occurred.

Committee members asked the bill sponsors questions.

12:20:01 PM  
Greg McCarthy, representing
Denver Health, testified in support of the bill.



Commissioner Tamara Pogue, representing CCAT and Summit County, testified
in support of the bill.



Ms. Anne Ladd, representing Peak Health Alliance, testified in support
of the bill.



Adam Fox, representing the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, testified
in support of the bill.



Katie Wallat, representing Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified
in support of the bill.



Committee members asked the panel questions.
12:41:28 PM  
Commissioner Michael
Conway, representing the Division of Insurance, testified in support of
the bill.



Committee members asked Commissioner Conway questions.
01:18:48 PM  
Senator Roberts provided closing remarks.
01:20:02 PM  
Committee members provided closing remarks.


01:22:49 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1303 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich No
Smallwood No
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1226 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


01:23:01 PM  
Senator Roberts and Senator Will, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 23-1226 concerning requiring hospitals to disclose additional information for the purposes of the hospital expenditure report, which the bill renames the hospital transparency report, produced by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). The new reporting requirements include details on specific revenue and expenditure streams, including historical data. HCPF may enforce data collection procedures through corrective action plans or fines. Where HCPF determines a hospital’s noncompliance is knowing or willful or there is a repeated pattern of noncompliance, HCPF may set a fine amount up to $20,000 per week until the hospital takes corrective action. The bill requires also hospitals to provide patients with a plain language description of the services billed and disclose that the patient has the right to further billed services information.

Committee members asked the panel questions.

01:36:12 PM  
Ms. Katherine Mulready,
representing the Colorado Hospital Association, testified to amend the
bill.
01:38:41 PM  
Executive Director
Kim Bimestefer, representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy
and Financing, testified in support of the bill.



Special Financing Division Director Nancy Dolson, representing the Colorado
Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, testified in support of
the bill.



Committee members asked the panel questions.
01:47:03 PM  
Mr. Robert Smith,
representing the Colorado Business Group on Health, testified in support
of the bill.



Mr. Josh Benn, representing the Department of Personnel and Administration,
testified in support of the bill.



Christina Walker, representing Healthier Colorado, testified in support
of the bill.



Mr. Kenny  Maestas, representing The Colorado Cross Disability Coalition,
testified in support of the bill.
01:55:51 PM  
Dr. Ge Bai, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
01:59:14 PM  
Ms. Anne Ladd, representing
Peak Health Alliance, testified in support of the bill. Additional written
testimony may be found in Attachment B.
01:59:49 PM  
The committee recessed.
02:06:50 PM  
The committee resumed.
02:07:20 PM  
Senator Will introduced
amendment L.015 (Attachment C).


02:10:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.015 (Attachment C).
Moved Will
Seconded
Buckner No
Cutter No
Jaquez Lewis No
Mullica No
Rich Yes
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal No
Fields No
YES: 3   NO: 6   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


02:11:56 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1226 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Will
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich No
Smallwood No
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


02:12:47 PM   The committee adjourned.






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