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B517BC74660AC2CF872586BD006C1BAF Hearing Summary


Date Apr 20, 2021      
Location HCR 0112

SB21-128 - Referred to House Appropriations

01:40:51 PM  
Representative Lontine,
bill sponsor, introduced SB21-128. The bill transfers final authority over
the Nursing Home Penalty Cash Fund from the Department of Health Care Policy
and Financing (HCPF) to the Department of Public Health and Environment
(CDPHE).  It likewise transfers rulemaking authority, the authority
to set a minimum reserve for the cash fund, and board oversight.  In
addition, the bill:
  • requires both
    departments to annually assess and review emergency funding needs and response
    plans for potential nursing facility closures, directs HCPF to administer
    emergency funding, and makes such funding continuously appropriated to
    the department;
  • broadens the goals
    for projects that can be awarded grants from the fund;
  • removes the prohibition
    on non-state, governmental entities from applying for grants;

  • removes the $10,000
    limit on annual administrative costs and directs both departments to jointly
    develop an annual administrative budget; and
  • extends the period
    during which CDPHE must notify a nursing home facility after identifying
    a violation.
  • 01:42:29 PM  
    Committee members asked questions of the bill sponsor.
    01:42:39 PM  
    Mr. Randy Kuykendall, representing Colorado Department of Public Health, testified in support of the bill. The witness responded to questions from committee members.
    01:51:18 PM  
    Mr. Colin Laughlin, representing Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, answered questions from committee members.
    02:05:22 PM  
    The previous witnesses continued to respond to questions from committee members.

    02:09:59 PM
    Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-128 to the Committee on Appropriations.
    Moved Sirota
    Seconded Ortiz
    Bradfield No
    Cutter Yes
    Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
    Holtorf No
    Jodeh Yes
    Larson No
    Ortiz Yes
    Pelton No
    Ricks Yes
    Woog No
    Young Yes
    Sirota Yes
    Michaelson Jenet Yes
    Final YES: 8   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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