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4A22C70A3B31EDC0872586BE00750A4C Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB21-1172

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & INSURANCE
Date Apr 21, 2021      
Location HCR 0112



HB21-1172 - Postponed Indefinitely


03:21:06 PM  
Representative Geitner,
bill sponsor, presented HB21-1172.  The bill requires health care
facilities, including hospitals, nursing care facilities and assisted living
residences, to allow their patients and residents to have at least one
visitor of their choosing.  The bill also requires these health care
facilities to have written policies and procedures concerning visitation,
including any restrictions or limitations that are placed on visitation
and the reasons for these restrictions or limitations.  



The bill prohibits health care facilities from disallowing visitation if
the sole reason is to reduce the risk of transmission of a pandemic disease,
but allows health care facilities to impose requirements and limitations
on visitors to reduce the risk of transmission of a pandemic disease as
follows:
  • during a period
    of heightened pandemic disease transmission risk, health care facilities
    may designate entry points, deny visitors with known symptoms of the pandemic
    disease, require visitors to wear face coverings or other protective equipment,
    and require them to sign a waiver acknowledging the risks of visitation;
  • during a period
    of known community transmission of a pandemic disease, health care facilities
    may require all visitors to be screened for symptoms of the disease before
    visitation, and deny entrance to any visitor who has symptoms of the disease;
    and
  • during widespread
    community transmission of the disease, facilities may limit visitation
    to essential caregivers or for compassionate care visits from a friend
    or family member to alleviate physical or emotional distress.
  • 03:33:28 PM  
    The bill sponsor responded to questions from the committee.
    04:04:58 PM  
    Representative Lontine proceeded with witness testimony.
    04:05:22 PM  
    Ms. Judith Burke,
    Colorado Nurses Association, testified in opposition to the bill.  Arlene
    Miles, Colorado Health Care Association, testified to amend the bill.  Joshua
    Ewing, Colorado Hospital Association, testified to amend the bill.  Mr.
    Ewing responded to questions.
    04:33:32 PM  
    Andrea Waitley, representing
    herself, testified in support of the bill.  Stephen Reiter, the NEVER
    Alone Project, testified in support of the bill.  The panel responded
    to questions from the committee.
    04:43:53 PM  
    Mr. Todd Workman, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Jennifer Crow, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Kelly Huenink, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
    04:55:39 PM  
    Mrs. Brandee Gillham, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Roy Gillham, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Matt Gillham, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. The witnesses responded to questions from the committee.
    05:18:53 PM  
    Mr. Jake Gillham, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Nita Gillham, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
    05:28:24 PM  
    Ms. Huenink responded to questions from the committee.
    05:29:01 PM  
    Mr. Daniel Gillham,
    representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Mrs. Sarah
    Gillham, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  The
    witnesses responded to questions from the committee.




    Submitted written
    testimony can be found in Attachment G.
    05:38:38 PM  
    Representative Geitner provided closing comments on the bill.
    05:49:41 PM  
    Committee members made closing comments on the bill.
    06:00:11 PM  
    Committee comments on the bill continued.


    06:18:45 PM
    Motion Refer House Bill 21-1172 to the Committee on Appropriations.
    Moved Baisley
    Seconded Van Beber
    Baisley Yes
    Hanks Yes
    Jackson No
    Kennedy No
    McCormick No
    Mullica No
    Ortiz No
    Pelton Yes
    Soper Yes
    Titone No
    Van Beber Yes
    Caraveo No
    Lontine No
    YES: 5   NO: 8   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


    06:19:04 PM
    Motion Postpone House Bill 21-1172 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
    Moved Kennedy
    Seconded Caraveo
    Baisley No
    Hanks No
    Jackson Yes
    Kennedy Yes
    McCormick Yes
    Mullica Yes
    Ortiz Yes
    Pelton No
    Soper No
    Titone Yes
    Van Beber No
    Caraveo Yes
    Lontine Yes
    Final YES: 8   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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