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DD47821745A6DDDF872586CC006C7CCA Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB21-1068

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & INSURANCE
Date May 5, 2021      
Location HCR 0112



HB21-1068 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


01:45:00 PM  
Representative Michaelson
Jenet, bill co-sponsor, presented HB21-1068.
 Under
current law, health insurance carriers offering individual or small-group
health benefit plans must ensure that coverage includes behavioral, mental
health, and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health
treatment.  While some level of coverage is required under these plans,
carriers are not required to provide coverage for the total cost of such
services.



The bill requires that health plans issued after January 1, 2022, provide
coverage for the total cost of an annual mental health examination of up
to 60 minutes.  The examination must be performed by a qualified mental
health care provider, which the bill defines as any of the following:

  • physician who has certification
    or training in psychiatry or mental or behavioral health;
  • physician assistant
    who has training in psychiatry or mental health;

  • psychologist;
  • clinical social worker;
  • marriage and family
    therapist;
  • licensed professional
    counselor;
  • addiction counselor;
    or
  • advanced practice registered
    nurse, with specific training in psychiatric nursing.

01:49:23 PM  
Representative Titone,
bill co-sponsor, continued introducing HB21-1068.
01:54:55 PM  
The sponsors responded
to questions from the committee.
02:05:19 PM  
Brian Mason, 17th
Judicial District Attorney's Office (Adams and Broomfield Counties), testified
in support of the bill.  Amy Lyden, Jefferson Center/Mental Health,
testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Steve Tool, representing himself,
testified in support of the bill.  Elsa Cavender, representing herself,
testified in support of the bill.  The panelists responded to questions
from the committee.
02:25:56 PM  
Annelise Grygiel,
Young Invincibles Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  Christopher
Nelson, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Ms.
Deb Mahan, Gazette Charities and Anschutz Foundation, testified in support
of the bill.  Elizabeth  Emerson, representing herself, testified
in support of the bill.
02:38:53 PM  
Claire Zhang, representing
herself, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Dhivahari Vivek, Young
Invincibles, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Ray Merenstein,
National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado, testified in support of the
bill.  Ms. Jeanette Hensley, Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support
of the bill.
02:52:54 PM  
Dr. Jonathan Clapp, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Karlee Tebbutt, Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified in a neutral position on the bill. Julia Hunt, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:59:22 PM  
Ms. Kaitlyn Tollefson, Young Invincibles, testified in support of the bill.
03:03:55 PM  
Kelly Erb, Colorado
Rural Health Center, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Kody Simpson,
representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Leanne
Rupp, National Association of Social Workers- Colorado Chapter, testified
in support of the bill.  Ms. Marisa Beltran, Young Invincibles, testified
in support of the bill.
03:16:45 PM  
Moe Keller, Mental
Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Sarah Staron,
Young Invincibles, testified in support of the bill.  Steven Haden,
Envision You, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Valerie Schlecht,
representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support
of the bill.




Written public
testimony can be found in Attachment A.
03:31:28 PM  
Representative Titone
introduced and explained amendment L.001 (Attachment B).


03:32:16 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Titone
Seconded Kennedy
Cutter
Hanks
Kennedy
McCormick
Mullica
Ortiz
Pelton
Soper
Titone
Van Beber
Williams
Caraveo
Lontine
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:32:31 PM  
Representative Titone
introduced and explained amendment L.002 (Attachment C).



03:33:04 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Titone
Seconded Kennedy
Cutter
Hanks
Kennedy
McCormick
Mullica
Ortiz
Pelton
Soper
Titone
Van Beber
Williams
Caraveo
Lontine
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:33:23 PM  
The bill sponsors provided closing comments on the bill.
03:38:08 PM  
Committee members provided closing comments on the bill.


03:43:51 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1068, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Titone
Seconded Ortiz
Cutter Yes
Hanks Yes
Kennedy Yes
McCormick Yes
Mullica Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Soper Yes
Titone Yes
Van Beber Yes
Williams Excused
Caraveo Yes
Lontine Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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